New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team will go up against history and look to defy expectations when they take on a formidable England cricket team in their own backyard in a five-match series beginning on Wednesday.
Recent history is most definitely against the visitors, with both of their previous Test series in England ending in heavy series defeats.
However, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja exuded confidence ahead of the series opener, saying India are the only side which can beat England in its own backyard.
“One good thing about Indian cricket is that we have options. Most of the international teams don’t have bowling options left after retirement, but we have everything right now. We have a positive approach towards this series and we genuinely feel that we are the only side that can beat England in their own backyard,” Jadeja told ‘ESPNcricinfo’.
India had lost a five-Test series 1-3 in England four years ago but has returned as a much wiser unit, feels Jadeja.
“Yes, we have more experienced players and most of our players have played a minimum of 25-30 Test matches. Experience is useful in Test Cricket. England have good fast bowlers who can exploit their home conditions.
“We also have some good bowlers, but during our 2014 tour, we didn’t have enough experience. We were unaware of how the wicket would behave and how the weather will be. Now we are aware of the conditions and after so much experience in Test Cricket, I feel we can even dominate them,” he said.