England vs India: Aakash Chopra feels that the momentum is with the visitors going into the fourth Test match
"If India are able to win this series after being 2-0 down, it will be a huge miracle," Chopra said.
Published - Aug 29, 2018 5:12 pm | Updated - Aug 29, 2018 5:12 pm
The Indian team led by Virat Kohli came back into the five-match Test series with an emphatic win over the hosts in the third Test match at Trent Bridge. The clinical victory has also now opened this Test series a bit, but ascendancy still lies with the Joe Root-led England side who are ahead 2-1 margin with two more Test matches to go. However, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra feels that the Indian team will be pretty high on confidence after their strong performance in the previous game and they will also have the barrel of the momentum with them ahead of the fourth Test match.
It will be a huge miracle
The cricketer turned analyst expressed his point of view on the most trending talk doing rounds in the cricketing world, is whether the Virat Kohli-led team will be able to emulate the feat only achieved by the Australian team under the captaincy of Sir Don Bradman, when they came back to win the series after being 2-0 down initially. Aakash admitted that winning the series from this point is a huge task for the visitors. He also mentioned that England cannot be ruled out in this series only due to their poor performance in the third Test match, as they are still leading the series with a 2-1 margin.
“If India are able to win this series after being 2-0 down, it will be a huge miracle. Yes, it was done by Australia in the 1930s, but it is not going to be easy to do that this time. We are high on confidence with that single victory in the last game, but the reality is that England has won two matches in this series including that dominant victory in the Lord’s Test,” said Aakash in a conversation with India Today.
Momentum is a very unfaithful aspect in this game
The former Indian opener stated that presently the momentum is with the Indian team after the staggering performance in Nottingham. However, he also mentioned that looking at the recent few games momentum from the previous game hasn’t made a significant impact.
“After the dominant victory at Lord’s, England certainly came into the third Test with the momentum. However, as the game progressed the momentum completely shifted into India’s favour, which suggests that momentum is unfaithful thing in this series. It would be difficult for India to completely outplay England in Southampton,” he added.
He also talked about the importance of stability in the line-up going into the fourth Test match. “Virat Kohli will probably field the same playing XI in the coming Test, unless the pitch in Southampton demands to play two spinners. India should also play the same side as I think stability is very important for the success for the team,” concluded the former Indian cricketer.
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