ENG vs IND 2018: Great chance for India against England, says Anil Kumble

India's tour to England will start from July 3.

Kumble is hoping for a good Indian performance against England. (PTI)

Former India coach, Anil Kumble believes Indian cricket team has enough experience in both batting and bowling to outclass England. Kumble admits that wrist spinners will play an important role in the upcoming tour against the British men. 

"We have a great side and an all-round side. In bowling, we have the experience and bowlers who can take 20 wickets consistently. If you look at the batting line-up, it has a lot of experience as well," Kumble said.

Anil Kumble considers Indian spinners best in the world further saying that India playing in the second half of the summer would help them perform better. 

"On average, all the players have played close to 50 Tests. That adds a lot of value and it's not the first time that they are touring England. They have all been there before and they are familiar with the conditions," Kumble said.

"We have the best spinners in the world and even in terms of conditions, the fact that we are playing in the second-half will help our cause. We have a great opportunity to win the series. We shouldn't have a problem operating with Duke ball," he added.

Wrist spinners will certainly be a handful and they will certainly play an important part in England since this time we are touring in the second half. The wicket will have its wear and tear and the wrist spinners will come into the game much earlier than the first half of the summer," Kumble added.

Kumble feels domestic tournaments like Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) has helped young Indian spinners to prosper in the game of cricket.

"Washington Sundar's consistent performances in the TNPL fast-tracked him into the IPL and into the Indian team. Similarly with T Natarajan last year when he came out of the blue and nobody knew who he was," Kumble said.

"He played in the TNPL and was successful and we have seen that even in the Karnataka Premier League where a couple of players who have come in and then straightaway got picked by the IPL franchises. They have performed there and then people noticed," Kumble concluded.

India will play 3 T20s, 3 ODIs and 5 Test matches against England in their upcoming tour starting from July 3.

(Inputs from TOI)


By Kunal Kataria - 22 Jun, 2018

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