India tour of England, Ind vs Eng: Former Indian batter Sunil Gavaskar believes that the series against England promises to be a good one for Virat Kohli’s Team India. The touring party reached UK on Thursday and will stay there until September 14. Currently in isolation, the Indian team will begin their UK tour with the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand followed by five-match series against England.
Gavaskar feels it will be India’s summer in England in August and September, predicting a whitewash Test series. “The Test series against England starts more than six weeks after the WTC final, so the result of that single game will have little or no impact on the India v England series. India will win the series 4-0 since it’s being played in August-September,” he told the Telegraph.
India tour of England, Ind vs Eng – Pitch condition prediction
England conditions are known to favour the Dukes balls which moves a lot favourable conditions. The legendary batter predicted that it won’t be a surprise if England prepares a green seaming track.
Notably, England had expressed their disappointment over the spin-friendly pitches during the India tour earlier this year.
“Having moaned about the pitches in India earlier this year, it won’t be a surprise if the groundsman in England leaves a little grass on the surface. That is no longer a worry as India have an attack that will also thrive on it and cause problems for the England batsmen too,” Gavaskar added.
India tour of England, Ind vs Eng: Virat Kohli and boys in isolation in Southampton
After landing in London, the touring party was taken to the in-house hotel of Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, where they were tested again.
Regular tests will be conducted during the period of isolation. Players’ activity will be allowed in a gradually increasing manner after each round of negative testing, moving from exercise in isolation to small group and then larger squad activity, whilst always remaining within the bio-secure venue.
The New Zealand team are already in the UK ahead of their bilateral series against England and the team will transition from the ECB bio-secure environment into the World Test Championship Final bubble on 15 June and will be subject to regular testing prior to and post arrival in Southampton