England vs India: Allan Lamb predicts India winning the Test series 3-1
Lamb also particularly praised the Indian bowling attack.
Updated - Jul 24, 2018 10:59 pm
India do not have an extraordinary record when it comes to Test series in England, winning a few and far between, and lost the last two series 0-4 (2011) and 1-3 (2014) respectively. But former England captain Allan Lamb is of the opinion that Virat Kohli’s side can buck the trend in the upcoming five-Test series starting at Edgbaston on August 1.
In an interview to The Times of India, Lamb, 64, said it is India who will start as the favourites ahead of the series and reckoned that the conditions will favour the visitors as the series progresses. India will lock horns with England at the Lord’s, Trent Bridge, Rose Bowl and The Oval besides Edgbaston for the five Test matches.
“It has not rained here much in the last few weeks. This will result in wickets being on the drier side and that should bring the Indian spinners into play,” Lamb, the South Africa-born cricketer who played 79 Tests for England between 1982 and 1992, mentioned.
Lamb even predicted the series to go 3-1 in India’s favour.
Lamb is also curious about Anderson and Broad’s performance
India had last won a Test series in England in 2007 when they grabbed a three-match series 1-0. India’s other Test series wins in England came in 1971 under Ajit Wadekar and 1986 under Kapil Dev while they drew a series in 2002 under Sourav Ganguly.
Lamb particularly praised the bowling attack of the current Indian squad and said it could trouble the hosts.
“Ishant is coming after having had a good county stint. On the other hand, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, and Mohammed Shami are capable of bowling with pace and conditions will help them get some swing as well,” Lamb said.
On the England pacers, Lamb said it would be interesting to see how the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad come back from their injuries.