Former off-spinner Graeme Swann believes that Indian squad can make a strong comeback in the Test series next month against England.
He also opines that Indians might receive assistance from the changing weather conditions of England if the ball fails to swing due to a warmer-than-usual English summer.
India won the T20I series by 2-1 but lost but failed to clinch the ODI series and lost by 1-2 against the hosts. Now the Indian Test squad is all set to clash with England for the five-match series slated to begin from August 1.
Swann is optimistic about India’s chances of winning in the longest format of the game.
“If the ball doesn’t swing, England will have to rely on reverse swing later on. Jimmy (James Anderson) is not the same bowler with the older ball because by the time it starts reverse swinging, Kohli will be 60-70 not out,” Swann told PTI.
“England managed to do well last time because the new ball was swinging. Batsmen find it difficult to face the ball when it swings and Jimmy makes facing swing for batsmen difficult,” he added.
“If it swings, England might win the Test series comfortably but if it doesn’t, it will be a great series to watch. I don’t think that the ball will swing much. England lack in the spin department so I believe India will have an advantage in that department,” he said.
Swann prefers Kuldeep Yadav ahead of Ashwin and Jadeja
Swann also hailed the left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and said that India should include him ahead of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in the first Test.
Yadav picked 14 wickets in the five ODIs against England.
“If I were to take a decision, I would have desperately wanted Kuldeep Yadav to play in the Tests because he provides kind of a mystery that English batsman finds it difficult to pick his googly,” he added.