There is still some time to go for the five-match Test series between India and England. But one can already sense the excitement in the air. Indian men's and women's team are all set to depart for the United Kingdom on June 2 for their respective assignments. Ahead of the 5-Tests against the home country, the men in Blue also have to play the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand next month.
The Three Lions would be pretty eagerly waiting for this series since they themselves received a 3-1 thrashing from India when they last toured the Asian nation earlier this year and would be looking to return the favour. However, ahead of the home Tests, former England spinner Monty Panesar has made a big statement. Panesar said that if the wickets on offer during the Test series offer turn, the Indian spinners will help their team bag the series 5-0.
"If the wickets turn in August every chance [India will win 5-0]," said Panesar in a series of tweets.
"I expect green pitches v NZ and we can see the depth of English cricket. In August, I expect drier wickets. IMO (In my opinion) it favours India," the left-arm spinner who played a key role in helping England win the 2012-13 series 2-1 in India added.
"Will it seam in August? It tends to spin at that time of the year… 5 test matches are in August where we will expect warmer conditions. Indian spinners will come into the game, India have a chance [to win] 5-0," he further wrote.
Check out his Tweet here:
England batting relies too much on captain Joe Root: Panesar
The 39-year-old also outlined how the England batting is too much dependent on their captain Joe Root.
"[If] Joe Root scores big England win. [But] You expect Joe Root to score all the runs?" he wrote in response to a follower who doubted his views.
Monty also feels that the England's top-order might struggle against the Indian bowlers.
"India have seamers to exploit inexperience English batting. The top order will be England's issue," he said.
"Haven't you watch what happened at Sydney and Brisbane," he wrote in response to another follower.