Former England captain Nasser Hussain has reckoned that Joe Root’s men will face a tough challenge against India in the upcoming series as Virat Kohli’s side cannot be bullied.
India will face England in a 4-match Test series from February 5 (PTI Image)
- Nasser Hussain gave example of India’s triumph in Australia to highlight the character of side
- Nasser Hussain said that Virat Kohli’ side cannot be bullied
- England tour of India starts with a 4-match Test series from February 5
Nasser Hussain, the former captain of the England cricket team, has warned Joe Root’s men about the upcoming challenges against “tough side” India which can’t be bullied.
Hussain highlighted the character of Team India in the recently-concluded Test series against Australia. The 52-year-old talked about the numerous obstacles India faced between gettling all-out for 36 and then winning the series with a 2-1 margin. The Chennai-born credited India captain Virat Kohli for the turnaround in the attitude and character of India cricketers.
“Any side that can go to Australia, go 1-0 down after being bowled out for 36, lose Kohli because he’s going home on paternity leave, lose your bowling attack and still come back and win after some of the stuff that went on off the field in Australia, they won’t be bullied,” he told Sky Sports.
“They (India) are a tough side. I think Kohli has instilled that. Make no mistake, at home, they are a formidable outfit.”
Earlier, Nasser Hussain had weighed in on England’s decision to rest Jonny Bairstow for the first two Tests vs one of the great Indian sides, saying the fans would want to see two best sides competing with each other.
“That’s a really good sign that they’re doing that, with harder tasks ahead. The Ashes, India home and away, New Zealand confirmed, but that is great momentum and confidence going into an iconic series which is India away,” he said.
“…I was brought up in India and I’ve always seen India vs England as one of the great series – all I would have asked is turn up to Chennai with your best 13 to 15 players,” he said.
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