With the first Test between England and India underway and Indian bowlers performing exceedingly well; all eyes are now on the Indian batting line-up and especially Indian captain Virat Kohli.
In Tests, Virat Kohli averages 62 in Australia, 71.33 in New Zealand and 55.80 in South Africa. However, in England, the same superhuman batsman averages a measly 13.40.
Virat Kohli showed his competitive streak by giving a send-off to his counterpart, Joe Root; mocking his bat drop celebration with a mic drop of his own, after he ran Root out for 80 via a direct hit. Joe Root had celebrated his century and England’s ODI series win in the third ODI, by doing a bat drop celebration.
However, former Australia fast bowler par excellence Glenn McGrath says, “Virat's got a lot to prove...to go out there and if he can go out and score runs in England in English conditions, he would have conquered every country and so that's the challenge for him. But India has a quality batting line up.”
Glenn McGrath, who is the head of the MRF Pace Foundation, was in conversation with Sportskeeda.com.
He also predicted the outcome of the series, “It's going to be a good series. England have been playing some quality cricket probably more in the shorter version of the game. For India, it's going to be a challenge to go there and play. (the series is played) Later in the season, it's been quite hot in England. So the pitches may not be that green and seaming as they normally are. They might turn a bit more which might sort of suit India's (style of) play.”
“I think India will be confident and England are tough to beat in their own conditions. It's going to be a very tight series. I will predict after the first Test (laughs). If India can start well, they can win the series,” the 48-year-old former pacer added