IND vs ENG: Ajit Agarkar Explains Why India Do Not Need To Match England’s Style Of Play

Ajit Agarkar

Beginning on Friday, July 1, the fifth Test between India and England will take place at Edgbaston in Birmingham. England enters the tournament having destroyed New Zealand 3-0 in a three-match Test series, and the team has displayed an excellent aggressive style of cricket.

Ajit Agarkar, a former Indian pacer, says that visitors should not attempt to play England’s style since they are capable of defeating England. He said that our bowlers will be more difficult for England to stop since they have more weapons at their disposal than New Zealand’s. 

Indian Team Will Play The Way They Know How To Play: Ajit Agarkar

India vs England
India vs England (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I do not know, why would India try and match with the way England are playing, England were 55/6 in the first innings against New Zealand and then they had a couple of good innings.

“India will play the way they know how to play, you don’t have to necessarily match someone, at the end of the day you want to play better than the other team. India, at the moment, are 2-1 up in the series so the pressure is on England to try and level the series.

I do not necessarily think that India will try and match England, they will play their own way. If they play well enough, they are good enough to beat England,” said Agarkar in a select media call organised by Sony Sports Network. 

Indian Bowling Attack Better Than New Zealand’s: Ajit Agarkar

In response to a query from NDTV about how difficult it would be for England to pursue Indian bowlers, Agarkar said: “Look, they are terrific players (Bairstow and Stokes). Stokes is a world-class all-rounder, and Bairstow has found some form in the last couple of Tests.

Indian bowling trio of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami. Image Credits: Twitter

But Root is still their main batter. If India can dismiss Root early, but there is no doubt, if you compare New Zealand with India’s attack, India has probably more to their attack and it would not be that easy to take them down.” 

“Especially with the situations England were in most Tests, earlier on if India can put themselves in that situation, getting early wickets, it will be a little harder to take down India like they did with New Zealand.

England has had three Tests so they are a bit more battle-hardened but India has some serious quality in their attack so it would not be easy for England,” he added. 

Ajit Agarkar Prefer Cheteshwar Pujara Or Hanuma Vihari In Indian XI If Rohit Sharma Is Not Fit

Finally, Agarkar said that if Rohit Sharma is unable to recover from COVID-19 in a timely manner, he would prefer Cheteshwar Pujara or Hanuma Vihari to start in the Indian side. 

Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credits: Twitter)
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credits: Twitter)

“I know KS Bharat got some runs in the warm-up game. The team management will have a look at how prepared Mayank Agarwal is once he joins the team. I do not know if he has enough time to prepare for the Test, especially the one-off Test, I believe experience might help, if it is Pujara or Vihari.

“Vihari has already opened for India a couple of times. One of those two would be my picks, it is better to go with a little more experience because it is a one-off Test,” said Agarkar. 

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IND vs ENG: Graeme Swann Does Not Want Indian Batter To Perform Against England In The Upcoming Test

Virat kohli 149 vs England

After losing three straight series, India will have a fantastic chance to halt England’s dominance at home in the fifth Test beginning on Friday at Edgbaston.

They simply need a draw because they are up 2-1. However, compared to the England team that bowed out humbly at Lord’s and The Oval in 2021, this team has improved. 

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India vs England Test (Credits: Twitter)

Graeme Swann Having Mixed Feelings For Virat Kohli

Last time Virat Kohli was captain of the national side, however, this may not be the case this time. Former English spinner Graeme Swann commented on the statement.

“It could be a good thing for Kohli. It’s done wonders for Root. He has been incredible since, not having to worry about captaincy, just concentrate on batting.

Virat kohli. PC- AFP
Virat Kohli. PC- AFP

I do rather want to see Kohli perform well on one hand because I am a huge fan of his, but I don’t want to see it against England in this Test as that hands the advantage back to India.,” the veteran spinner said.

Swann supports former Indian captain Virat Kohli in his goal to quickly regain his best form and thinks that cricket needs a strong Virat Kohli. Considering that Kohli’s most recent international century was in 2019, he has been going through a difficult patch. 

Virat Kohli Show Good Signs During India’s Warm-up Game

The previous captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore also put up a lacklustre performance in the IPL this year, scoring 341 runs in 16 innings, including two half-centuries. 

However, the unconventional Indian batsman produced a magnificent half-century against Leicestershire in the exhibition game. Kohli, who has been going through a protracted slump, added five boundaries and two sixes to his 67-run performance.

Virat Kohli. Photo- BCCI
Virat Kohli. Photo- BCCI

The 33-year-old batsman maintained his composure and was quite cool throughout his innings, until he lost focus and attempted to guide the ball past the backward point, where he was caught and forfeited his wicket to Leicestershire’s Jasprit Bumrah. 

India hasn’t named a designated vice-captain for this ‘fifth Test’ against England, which is going place over a year after it was postponed due to Covid-19 concerns, unlike most of their Test lineups. The fifth Test was delayed because of Kohli, who had guided India to a 2-1 lead.

While Kohli, who is India’s most successful Test skipper, is still a possibility, it is improbable that he would accept the position. After all, he had resigned willingly from his job following a 1-2 loss to South Africa earlier this year. 

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IND vs ENG: There Will Be Bad Days, But There Were Not Many Good Days Anyway- Moeen Ali Supports England’s Aggressive Approach

Moeen Ali

England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali has endorsed the team’s newly adopted aggressive strategy in Test cricket Under the leadership of Ben Stokes and Brendan McCullum. The 35-year-old acknowledged that the idea could occasionally backfire but emphasized that England was previously playing terrible cricket in Test matches.

With just one victory in 17 Test matches under the former captain Joe Root, England had a terrible stretch. But in Stokes’ first Test as captain, the English team thrashed New Zealand 3-0 at home.

Moeen Ali and Joe Root for England. Photo- Getty
Moeen Ali and Joe Root for England. Photo- Getty

England’s positive attitude was evident throughout the three-Test matches against New Zealand. Moeen told Sports Today in an interview about his thoughts on the team’s aggressive ideology:

“It was occasionally extremely embarrassing the way we were playing. We were not playing well at all. I recognize that this style of cricket is now a bit severe, but its main purpose is to give players the courage to express themselves.”

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali. (Photo: Twitter)

“I know someone who was caught by Ben Stokes in the first innings of the most recent Test at mid-off. But I believe he is modeling for the team that playing shots is OK. England needs some of it. Although there would be bad days, there were not many good ones.”

Moeen Ali on India’s playing XI for rescheduled Test:

The starting lineup for the rescheduled Test is another topic of intense discussion inside the Indian team, in addition to the captaincy. Moeen advises the visitors to use both of their spinners because Edgbaston will provide sufficient support. He declared:

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja. Image Credits: BCCI

“Two spinners and three seamers, if I were India.” More so due to the circumstances than anything else, Shami, Bumrah, Siraj, and the two spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. In the early innings, it may not take many spins, but later on, it will take a spin without a doubt.”

India’s fifth Test match against England will take place at Edgbaston on Friday, July 1.

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