Veteran quick bowler Stuart Broad believes India’s confidence shall be “sky excessive” following their outstanding sequence win in Australia, however added that what England cannot do is construct India up “in our minds” within the upcoming four-Check sequence.
Depleted by accidents and with out their star gamers, India beneath Ajinkya Rahane, registered a 2-1 win within the four-Check Border-Gavaskar Sequence. The sequence victory included a memorable three-wicket win on the Gabba in Brisbane the place they chased down a 328-run goal on the ultimate day of the Check match.
“This isn’t a simple place to tour, and India’s confidence shall be sky excessive from profitable on the Gabba to finish a sequence victory in Australia earlier this month,” Broad wrote in his column for the Day by day Mail.
“I can inform you that they’d supporters inside this England workforce all through that decisive match in Brisbane. The togetherness, the character, spirit and willingness they confirmed was phenomenal. Any workforce on this planet would have been happy with what India achieved regardless of being depleted by accidents,” he added.
Courtesy their sequence win in Australia, India are at the moment positioned on the high spot within the ICC World Check Championship factors desk.
“They’re the World Check Championship leaders for good purpose. However we’ve moved from being admirers to their enemy inside a few weeks and what we can not do is construct India up in our minds. They don’t seem to be impregnable,” mentioned the 34-year-old.
The 144-Check veteran additionally praised India skipper Virat Kohli, terming him one of many “finest” batsman he has ever seen.
“Virat Kohli is without doubt one of the finest I’ve ever seen but when we undergo all their positives we shall be defeated earlier than we have even begun. We have to construct on our personal strengths. We’re coming into the sequence in nice type ourselves,” mentioned Broad whereas highlighting England’s current 2-Zero Check sequence win in Sri Lanka,” mentioned Broad.
“We have got batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders within the high 10 of the world rankings. Sure, India are an excellent aspect, and it could be one of the vital outstanding sequence victories if we had been capable of pull it off, however we all know if we get our mindset proper we are able to beat anybody,” he added.
India solely have to win the four-match Check sequence in opposition to England, starting February 5, with a 2-Zero margin to seal a spot within the World Check Championship ultimate. In the event that they lose one Check in opposition to England although, they might want to win three matches.
England, alternatively, have to beat India Three-Zero. Even a 2-2 drawn sequence is not going to be sufficient for England to go previous India and end among the many high two on the Check Championship ultimate.