WTC Final: Monty Panesar Backs Virat Kohli-Led Team India to Win

Sarita Dey
3 years ago

Monty Panesar feels India is playing their best cricket and have what it takes to secure their first Test series win in England in 14 years. In fact, so formidable is India’s squad that the former England spinner feels Virat Kohli’s men can dish out a 5-0 hammering on the hosts.

New Zealand has already arrived in the UK for their two-Test series against England. The Indian contingent is expected to arrive in the first week of June. The 39-year-old Panesar feels England batsmen’s inability to play spin will haunt them again during the five-match Test series against India who will win it 5-0. The veteran spinner said pitches in England during the August-September period will help the Indian spinners and exposed the host’s batsmen’s weaknesses. Joe Root and Co. suffered humiliation in India. Losing the four-Test series 3-1.

With India playing the final of the WTC final in June, to be followed by the five-Test series starting in August. Panesar is confident that if India can inflict a clean sweep over England. It could be their greatest overseas Test series win of all time.

“If the wickets turn in August every chance [India will win 5-0],” said Panesar in an interview with IndiaTV.

“I expect green pitches v NZ and we can see the depth of English cricket. In August, I expect drier wickets. IMO (In my opinion) it favors India,” added Panesar. He played a key role in helping England win the 2012-13 series 2-1 in India.

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”Will it seams in August? It tends to spin at that time of the year 5 test matches are in August where we will expect warmer conditions. Indian spinners will come into the game, India have a chance [to win] 5-0,” he added in his tweets.

Panesar also touched upon England’s weak batting which he feels relies too much on captain Root. Joe Root scores a big England win. You expect Joe Root to score all the runs?” he asked one of his followers who doubted his view.

Panesar added that England’s top-order will likely struggle.

“India have seamers to exploit inexperienced English batting. The top order will be England’s issue,” he said before adding that India’s fighting performance in Sydney and Brisbane. Showed how determined and gritty Virat Kohli’s boys are.

“Haven’t you watch what happened at Sydney and Brisbane,” he asked another follower who doubted his viewpoint.

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