India are pace-bowling proficient team, have chance of beating England on their home turf: Ian Chappell

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes Virat Kohli-led Indian side has an even chance of beating England in the upcoming Test series.

Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell on Saturday said that Virat Kohli-led Indian side has now joined the ranks of pace-bowling proficient teams and have an even-money chance of beating England on their home turf.

India will kickstart their World Test Championship 2021-2023 cycle with a 5-Test series against England in August. Despite India losing the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, Chappell praised India for creating a solid pace-bowling arsenal comprising Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj.

“In recent years India has joined the ranks of pace-bowling proficient teams. As a consequence, they have enjoyed success in Australia, reached the final of the WTC and now have an even-money chance of beating England on their home turf. Good pace bowling definitely has its advantages,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.

Ian Chappell Says India Has ‘even-money Chance Of Beating England’ In Upcoming Series

Chappell in his latest column on ESPNCricinfo talked about Team India and how it has become a ‘pace-bowling proficient’ team in recent years, joining the likes of the West Indies and Australian sides of the past. He wrote “In recent years India have joined the ranks of pace-bowling proficient teams. As a consequence, they have enjoyed success in Australia, reached the final of the WTC, and now have an even-money chance of beating England on their home turf.”

Talking about New Zealand’s bowling attack, Chappell said: “New Zealand’s well-deserved win in the World Test Championship final highlighted an accepted adage in cricket: fast bowling rules. New Zealand’s pace quartet – Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson made possible their presence in the final. Then in the prolonged battle with India for supremacy, the quick bowlers led the last-day victory charge.”

“Such was the influence of the New Zealand attack that there was even a comparison with the formidable West Indies quartets that ruled from the late-1970s to the mid-1990s,” he added. Chappell also said that if one looks at things statistically, then Kyle Jamieson might look like the leader of the attack, but in reality, the attack is led by Tim Southee.

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