The cricketing world is buzzing with excitement as England gears up to face India in a highly anticipated five-match Test series. The action kicks off on January 25 at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, setting the stage for a clash of titans that holds immense importance in the context of the World Test Championship 2023-25.
A decade of domination: India’s impressive home record
Given the significance of the series, cricket enthusiasts and experts alike are eagerly offering their predictions on which team will emerge victorious. Notably, India has not lost a Test series at home in a decade, with their last defeat occurring against England in 2012.
As the cricketing world speculates whether England can replicate their 2012 success or if India will continue their dominance on home soil, former English captain and seasoned commentator Nasser Hussain has shared his insights on the likely favourites.
Expert predictions: Nasser Hussain weighs in on favourites to win the series
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hussain made it clear that, in his opinion, India holds the upper hand due to the advantage of playing on home turf. However, he also acknowledged the formidable challenge that England poses, especially with their recent success and a distinct “bazball” approach to the game.
Nasser even highlighted England’s resilience and the successful performances of key players like Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, emphasizing that the English team’s unique style of play could make them formidable opponents.
“India are the favourites, but every single challenge Bazball has faced they’ve stuck to their guns and Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum’s record is seriously good, I wouldn’t write them off,” said Hussain.
“Bazball has been very successful especially at home and the two toughest places to tour are India or Australia. It’s going to be a massive challenge for England,” he added.
Nasser further elaborated on how this innovative approach is poised to capture the attention of cricket enthusiasts and praised the Indian cricket team in the process.
“India want to see how this new approach will work at home. It will be fascinating cricket and will be interesting to see how this particular side will go against what is one of the great cricketing outfits at the moment, which is the India side,” the former England skipper concluded.
- 1 A decade of domination: India’s impressive home record
- 2 Expert predictions: Nasser Hussain weighs in on favourites to win the series