August 28, 2018
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India can do what Bradman’s team did in 1936-37: Illingworth

By Chaitanya Laxman

Former England captain Ray Illingworth believes that Virat Kohli’s team has a great chance to do what no other team has managed to do in many years after Don Bradman’s team in the 1936-37.

The Australian team under the leadership of Bradman won the Test series against England after losing the first two Tests. India find themselves in a similar situation as they lost the first two Tests and made an impressive comeback by winning the third Test.

Illingworth said that India have shown that they have come here to fight and they did very well to make a comeback. The former England captain believes the series is now 50-50 after the Trent Bridge Test where India drubbed England by 203 runs. He thinks India will be much more confident now after their convincing victory.

The former England cricketer was full of praise for the Indian team and he lauded the slip catching and pace bowling unit.

Talking about India’s slip catching he admitted that he is impressed with fielding quality of this Indian team. He pointed out that barring a couple of tough catches, India grabbed everything that came their way. Illingworth who has donned the hats of captain, national selector and cricket strategist said that this is the best fielding side he has ever seen.

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Illingworth praised the Indian pace bowling unit as well. He said India now has four genuine quick bowlers and they are faster than England bowlers.

Australian team suffered two defeats in the Ashes in 1936-37 but then Don Bradman produced two double-centuries and a century in the last three Tests to turn the tables on England. This was the famous series when Bradman made the iconic decision of swapping the batting order and making the tail-enders open the innings.

Illingworth however hasn’t ruled out England from the Test series. He said that both teams have equal chances and England have to pick up and improve on their performance at the Trent Bridge.

Chaitanya Laxman