As England prepares to face India in the upcoming five-match Test series starting January 25, former Indian cricketer Pragyan Ojha has weighed in on the challenges the English team might face. Ojha believes that England will stick to their aggressive Bazball approach, which has been successful under the leadership of Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum. However, he also emphasized the need for England to have a backup plan, especially considering the spin-friendly conditions in India.
Speaking about England’s Bazball strategy, Ojha stated, “I feel England will be very confident with the strategy they have adopted. But they need a backup plan because the conditions won’t be like what they were in Pakistan.” He pointed out that the wickets in Pakistan were more favorable to batsmen, whereas in India, the conditions would heavily favor spinners. Ojha believes that England’s ability to adapt to these conditions will be crucial to their success in the series.
“Bazball involves playing fearless cricket, and England tries to gain a psychological edge using this strategy. Executing Bazball will be difficult in India because it won’t be easy to play the Indian spinners or for that matter Jasprit Bumrah and the other pace bowlers,” Ojha added, highlighting the challenges England might face against India’s formidable bowling attack.
While England has opted for a preparatory camp in the UAE to prepare for the series, Ojha noted that some former cricketers have advised them to practice in India for better acclimatization. Despite the criticism, England is set to arrive in India on January 22 and might have limited practice sessions before the series opener in Hyderabad.
Ojha’s insights shed light on the tactical considerations England will need to make as they prepare to face India in what promises to be an exciting Test series.