Former England captain Nasser Hussain has warned Joe Root’s side and said that they should expect India to come back at them. He has added that a win will become harder if England lose the toss in the second Test which starts from February 13.
Notably, England won the toss in the first Test and scored 578 runs after opting to bat first. The scoreboard and the deteriorating condition of the wicket saw India getting bundled out for 337, giving England a handy 241-run lead. Chasing a fourth innings target of 420 runs, India eventually lost the match by 227 runs.
“England are going to have to expect India to come back at them,” said Hussain.
“India lost the first Test in Australia, when they were bowled out for 36, but came back and won the series, while England might also lose the toss in the second Test and it will be harder. But they have done everything they can do so far,” Nasser Hussain wrote in his latest column for Sky Sports.
Further, Hussain hailed the performance of the English team, who walked in the series as the underdogs. He suggested that the visitors will now have to carry forward the momentum.
“People were writing England off, saying this series could be 4-0 to India. No one really gave this side much of a chance. India had been on top of their game. Had won in Australia, Virat Kohli was back and India is a very difficult place to go and win in Test match cricket,”
“So, this win for England has to be right up there, especially away from home. They put in the perfect performance. From ball one to the final delivery, it was outstanding. They now need to carry it on,” he added.
Joe Root will end up breaking all records
Hailing England captain Joe Root for his incredible batting performance in the recent few Tests, Nasser Hussain called him one of greatest English batsmen. He reckoned that Root will go past Alastair Cook’s record of 161 Test matches and most runs in the longest format from the country.
“Root sure is one of England’s greats. He will probably end up breaking all records, he will probably go past Sir Alastair Cook’s 161 Test matches and probably tally of runs as well.
“He is in great nick, only 30 years old, and if you did a list of all-time England batting greats – the ones I have seen anyway – you’d have to have Root with Cook, Graham Gooch and Kevin Pietersen.”