Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell has reckoned that India have an “even-money chances” of winning the upcoming five-match Test series against England.

Former Australia cricketer Ian Chappell has reckoned that India have an “even-money chance” of winning the upcoming five-match Test series against the Joe Root-led side in England.

The 77-year-old recently showered praise on India’s fast-bowling attack, comprising the likes of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj. Chappell also called it a reason behind the team’s success in the overseas tours.

According to Chappell, India have become a “pace-bowling proficient” team in recent years, joining the likes of the West Indies and Australian sides of the past.

“In recent years India has joined the ranks of pace-bowling proficient teams. As a consequence, they have enjoyed success in Australia, reached the final of the WTC, and now have an even-money chance of beating England on their home turf,” Chappell wrote in his latest column for ESPNCricinfo.

Last month, Virat Kohli-led side suffered a disappointing defeat against New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final by 8 wickets. Indian batsmen failed to score heavily with the bat and the team eventually lost another big ICC tournament.

Talking about Kiwis’ performance in the summit clash at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Ian Chappell said, “New Zealand’s well-deserved win in the WTC final highlighted an accepted adage in cricket: fast bowling rules. Their pace quartet – Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson made their presence felt in the final.”

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