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Harbhajan Singh lists players from India whose absence in England could be “fatal.”

Harbhajan Singh lists players from India whose absence in England could be "fatal."

Key sentence:

  • Nottingham has facilitated seven matches among India and England in the past, with the two groups having won two Test matches, while three finished in draws. 
  • India had beaten England by 203 runs. Considering that Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah had featured in the match with a century and 8/85.

Although India’s record in Tests in England isn’t one to boast, they start the five-match series at a setting they have fared better at when contrasted with others – The Trent Bridge Cricket Stadium. 

Nottingham has facilitated seven matches among India and England in the past, with the two groups having won two Test matches, while three finished in draws. The last time they visited England for a Test series, India lost 1-4, their lone series win coming at this very setting. 

India has a solid crew heading into the Test series, but then, an individual from the 2018 successful Test match in Nottingham isn’t important. 

India had beaten England by 203 runs. Considering that Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah had featured in the match with a century and 8/85, another player who had left an incredible effect in the Test was all-rounder Hardik Pandya. 

Pandya had asserted 5/28 in England’s first innings, giving India a first-innings lead of 168, and veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh figures the all-rounder’s nonattendance is a major void that it could end up being risky for India if Virat Kohli and Co. are not cautious. 

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“I feel that Hardik Pandya’s nonappearance could demonstrate lethal for India. He had bowled well in Nottingham, and this time the series will begin in Nottingham itself. 

We as a whole realize that the conditions in Nottingham consistently favours the swing bowlers. Therefore, Britain is constantly pleased with the possibility of playing at Trent Bridge as their bowlers perform well,” Harbhajan said on his YouTube channel. 

Pandya, who no longer dishes consistently for India following his back medical procedure, last played a Test match in Southampton – a similar series. While he may not be abundance pace, Harbhajan feels Pandya’s bowling might have been useful with the Dukes ball in the swinging states of England. 

“I figure the playing eleven would have been more grounded had Hardik Pandya been there because of his batting, however with the 10-15 overs, and he bowls in a day in swinging conditions. 

He can get wickets. What’s more, when he is in full stream, similar to the last time in Nottingham, he had gotten five wickets,” Harbhajan added.

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