Former England cricketer Peter Trego has assisted the home team led by Joe Root to beat Team India 2-1 in the upcoming five-game series.
India and England will sit up and take notice at the 5th edition of the Pataudi Trophy starting August 4th and the unit led by Virat Kohli will be determined to dispel the disappointments of the 2018 Tour and celebrate their first Test Series win in England since the summer of 2007.
Trego assumed in an interview with the Times of India that the outcome of the series would depend on how the Indian batters handle the seam and momentum created by the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
“If England goes to India the question arises – can the English batsmen cope with the spin? And when India tours England, the question arises: can the Indian batsmen cope with the momentum and seam of James Anderson and Stuart Broad? So it’s obviously going to be fascinating. If you’ve had a good prep time in England it should get used to the temperature and conditions, the way the ball moves a little. So I think it’s going to be tight. But my prediction is that England will beat India 2-1 in the series, ”said Peter Trego.
When asked about the key battles that could decide the fate of the series, Trego assumed that the battle between Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli and the legendary James Anderson will be extremely decisive.
He also expected the Ashwin and Jadeja duo to be equally crucial.
“A real fight will be James Anderson against Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. I think James will target these three wickets. The way he swings the ball both ways is amazing. This is going to be a real key battle. England Bowlers versus Jadeja and Ashwin will be another major match. Jadeja and Ashwin will also be pretty crucial, ”he added.
When asked to pick two Indian players who could prove to be the difference between the two teams, Trego was quick to point out opener Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli.
Kohli hit 593 runs during the last tour of England and Trego believes that if the Indian skipper shows up again, the visitors could win their first test series in England in 14 years.
“Rohit Sharma. If he catches James Anderson, he could be a match winner. And it goes without saying that Virat Kohli will be absolutely crucial. If Virat Kohli shows up and plays well it will be a very close streak and my prediction for a 2-1 win over England could be in jeopardy, ”said Trego.
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