Who will win India England Test Series: “India to lose 5-0” says Monty Panesar
Updated on: Jan 30, 2024 1:45 pm IST
The cricketing world is abuzz with discussions and predictions following England’s stunning victory over India in the opening Test in Hyderabad. Former English spinner Monty Panesar, known for his insightful analyses, shared his thoughts on the match, praising the standout performances and making a bold prediction for the outcome of the five-match Test series.
England’s triumph in Hyderabad was fueled by exceptional performances from Ollie Pope and Tom Hartley. Pope’s heroic innings of 196 runs and Hartley’s pivotal role in claiming seven crucial wickets turned the tide in favor of England. These standout displays set the stage for Panesar’s audacious prediction.
“India to lose 5-0” says Monty Panesar
In a recent interview with ANI, Monty Panesar did not mince his words when expressing admiration for Pope and Hartley. He suggested that if these two players maintain their high-level performances, England could create history by whitewashing India 5-0 in the series.
“If Ollie Pope and Tom Hartley continue to play like this, it will be a whitewash, it will be 5-0 for England. It can happen if Ollie Pope and Tom Hartley play like this,” stated Panesar, reflecting the newfound confidence and optimism within the English cricketing landscape.
Panesar emphasized the significance of England’s victory in Hyderabad, likening it to the elation of winning a World Cup. The unexpected success has injected a renewed sense of belief and enthusiasm into the English team, and Panesar believes that this momentum could propel them through the entire series.
Panesar did not shy away from offering a critical assessment of Rohit Sharma’s captaincy in the first Test. He described Sharma as “clueless” during certain phases of the match, pinpointing areas where the Indian skipper may have faltered.
“It is a very big victory, no one even imagined this was even possible. Everyone thought that England would lose after a 190 deficit, but Ollie Pope had a brilliant inning, one of the best innings we have seen in a long time, and Rohit Sharma was clueless,” highlighted the former spinner.
“This is one of the most famous victories England has ever produced overseas. It feels like we have won the World Cup,” he added.
As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the second Test, Panesar’s bold prediction adds an extra layer of intrigue to an already captivating series between India and England.