Former England captain Alastair Cook believes that India will find it difficult if the ball moves in the upcoming series of five games in the United Kingdom, despite their great composition.
Cook pointed to India’s weakness against the moving ball.
“India is a great country. England will always have a better chance if this ball moves. If the conditions are the same in August with moisture around, England will bow to this Indian country.
“Yes, they are world-class wadding. But their big weakness is the ball that moves if it fails. You always imagine your chances against them,” Cook said in a special podcast on the BBC Test Match.
Speaking about the final of the World Cup against New Zealand, Cook noted that India was “a little ahead” by choosing two spinners over an extra tailor, despite the cloudy conditions.
New Zealand won the inaugural WTC, beating India by eight wickets in the rain final in Southampton.
“They (India) got a little bit of confidence in choosing that country three days before (the game) and playing two spinning machines where they almost knew it was going to rain for much of that game.
“Even though their spinners are world-class, they’re a little ahead of themselves there,” Cook said.
The lack of practice in the matches is another reason for the defeat of India, according to the prolific discoverer of tests in his time.
While the Kiwis clashed for the WTC title after a rise in morale, a victory over hosts England, the Indians were left to depend on the team’s matches after arriving in the United Kingdom.
“I really said that New Zealand would only win this game until they were hardened. These two test matches against England were such a perfect preparation,” Cook said.
“The team games, no matter how good your intentions, are not as intense. The first hour may be really competitive, but it’s getting less and less. India has been made difficult that way,” Cook added. .