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ENG vs IND: Virat Kohli’s India are firm favourite, they should win the series convincingly, says Michael Holding

West Indies great Michael Holding believes that Virat Kohli-led Team India are the firm favourite to win the ongoing five-match Test series against England. The opening Test ended in a draw after rain washed out the final day.

England captain Joe Root (left) and India captain Virat Kohli pose with trophys prior to the first Test Match between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham (Courtesy: AP)


  • India should win the Test series convincingly, feels Michael Holding
  • First Test ended in draw after rain washed out the final day
  • India are looking good with Bumrah returning to form, says Holding

The second match of the five-match Test series between England and India will start from Thursday on the iconic Lord’s cricket ground in London.

India had the chance to go 1-0 up in the series before rain washed out the final day. Chasing 209, India were 52 for 1 with Rohit Sharm and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease.

West Indian great Michael Holding believes that Virat Kohli-led India are firm favourites to win the series.

“India started the series as favourites, and they remain favourites. They should win the series handsomely,” Mid-Day quoted Holding as saying.

“I find no reason why India cannot win the series. They have already acclimatised with the conditions the team is in the UK since June for the WTC final. They should concentrate on playing without worrying about the result. They have a well-balanced side of young and experienced cricketers,” he added.

Holding also heaped praised India’s depth in the fast-bowling department.

Bumrah roared back to form with a nine-wicket haul in the drawn first Test against England.

Bumrah remained wicket-less in the World Test championship final against New Zealand, which India lost, but made a strong comeback in the first Test.

“India are looking good with Jasprit Bumrah returning to form. Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj look promising. Mohammed Shami is an experienced campaigner. I am sure the Indian pacers will be able to utilise the English conditions well,” he said.

England batsman Jonny Bairstow had also heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah ahead of the Lord’s Test. Bairstow says the India pacer possesses ‘amazing skills’ for all three formats.

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