Vengsarkar not optimistic about India’s chances of beating England

"We will play with four bowlers and out of them you have to have two who can get 10 wickets in a match, and I don't see anyone [capable of] doing it"

“We will play with four bowlers and out of them you have to have two who can get 10 wickets in a match, and I don’t see anyone [capable of] doing it”

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Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has announced that he is not optimistic about the national team’s chances of defeating England when they tour the country later this month.

Vengsarkar admitted that he was not sure whether India possessed a bowling attack that is capable of taking 20 wickets.

“We need to have bowlers who can get them out twice,” he said. “We will play with four bowlers and out of them you have to have two who can get 10 wickets in a match, and I don’t see anyone [capable of] doing it.”

Even though India will play two warm-up matches prior to the start of the Test series, Vengsarkar still believes they will find it tough to get accustomed to the conditions.

“First couple of Test matches will be tough because they have no clue about the conditions and they must prepare well,” he said. “Two practice matches are quite less, they must play at least four-five matches before the first Test match.

“They are going in the first half of the summer, it will swing and seam more than India. Youngsters will have to adapt to the conditions very quickly. In Australia you have to adapt to the bounce and England you have adapt to the movement of the delivery all around.”

Vengsarkar revealed that India had been in England for a month when he toured the country in 1979.

“We were there at least a month in advance before the Test match started,” he said. “So we could adjust and adapt to the conditions.”

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