ENG v IND 2018: Gautam Gambhir wants India to justify their no.1 rankings in the Test series against England

ENG v IND 2018: Gautam Gambhir wants India to justify their no.1 rankings in the Test series against England

India is on top in Men's Test team rankings with 3,634 points and 125 rating.

Indian Test team celebrating a wicket against South Africa. | GETTY

Gautam Gambhir wants India to be clear with their approach and play like a number one team in the Test series against England starting on August 1. India hasn't tasted Test series victory in England since 2007 and this could be a good opportunity for Virat Kohli and team.

In an interview with Cricbuzz, the Delhi cricketer said, “Irrespective of how the conditions are, try and play like a number 1 Test side in the world. Because you are here as the number 1 Test side. You try and express the opposition that we are here as a number 1 Test side in the world. Try to go with the attitude and try to go irrespective of what the results are.”

The 36-year-old added that the Indian bowlers should be motivated to take all 20 wickets. “I think we should go and play with a winning mindset and tell the opposition we are winning. The first signal would be going with your best five bowlers. You give that signal we are here to take 20 wickets. Even if the batters score 250-300, we have got the bowling attack to get you out,” Gambhir said.

Gambhir, who was in the Indian side during India's last tour to England in 2014, said India should go with their five best bowlers as they are going to give them an edge in the series.

“If you are looking for bits and pieces, if someone can contribute, someone can give me a couple of overs, that can sometimes become a defensive mindset. It might work in a One-Day or T20, but in Test cricket, you have to go in with your best five bowlers because they are the ones that are going to win you Test matches and Test series,” he added.

The first Test will start from August 1 in Birmingham.


By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 27 Jul, 2018

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