Deep Dasgupta said England have a slightly better white-ball team than India which is why he found it tough to pick an outright winner for the upcoming 5-match T20I series.
- India and England are heading into the series with a 7-7 head-to-head record
- India have won four of the last 5 T20s played against England
- England are a very set and confident white-ball team: Deep Dasgupta said on Sports Today
Former cricketer-turned-commentator Deep Dasgupta feels both India and England have an equal opportunity to win the upcoming T20 international series that starts in Ahmedabad from March 12.
India won the last four out of the 5 T20s played against England but Dasgupta said the visitors have a slightly better team than the hosts which is why he found it tough to pick an outright winner.
“I think it’s a 50-50 series to be very honest. If this would have been in England then obviously they would have been favourites.
“England overall, across all conditions might be a little ahead. The ICC rankings are a true reflection of where these 2 teams stand. Because India is playing at home that’s the reason I’m saying 50-50,” Dasgupta said on Sports Today.
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Joe Root’s England lost the Test series 3-1 but the 50-over world champions are a very different white-ball team under Eoin Morgan.
Dasgupta also raised this point as he highlighted how England’s confidence level completely changes when they play limited-overs cricket.
“England is a very good and a set side and they are playing with their best playing XI apart from Jofra who’s injured. They are a very confident white-ball side as well.
“There are not too many players from the Test side who are playing white-ball cricket because most of them are white-ball specialists. And their white-ball confidence level is totally different.
“When you see them bat, irrespective of what they are chasing, you could see that in their body language. That is a huge change that has come in English cricket in the last 3 years,” Dasgupta said.
India and England are heading into the series with a 7-7 head-to-head record. All the 5 matches of the T20I series will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad from Friday.