Test cricket is the best form of the game and away or overseas test wins are pinnacle. You travel to countries to play test cricket with stout batting line up but that can only deliver competition or to a length ‘drawn’ because opponents’ batting will be no less In home conditions hence there are two possibilities- if opponents are not bowling force you will play a drawn in a batting showdown or if opponents are some bowling force then you will be competitive courtesy your batting strength.
Now decisive thing for an away test win is straight out. It is the bowling unit having efficacy to uproot opponents twice and to do that in opponents home is certainly one toughest task. There has been manifold instances in the history to prove this point and many a times bowling force has even shielded comparatively weaker batting unit to yield victory.
Test series between India and England is about to commence where India is the traveller and pursuing an uphill task of winning a test series in Australia or England or New Zealand or South Africa since 2009 having played 8 series in the duration. Series win is much less, India have been losing the games in load with 18 loses out of 27 tests played. Compare it to with period 2000-2009 where India lost 9 tests out of 25 played in total, the latter period has been opprobrious.
Two mentioned periods further validate the need of capable and consistent bowling attack to win more and more tests and eventually series. In the first span indian batting unit was pretty stout with the likes of Sachin, Dravid and laxman and batted above par in mentioned countries hence India bypassed defeats more often and earned drawns but couldn’t win much due to lack of full-fledged bowling attack with likes of Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, RP Singh kept putting efforts to produce wins even and anon. Second span is not worth talking as India’s performance both with bat and ball went down and India crashed to defeats in ample.
Now look at the current scenario indian pace attack is looking to claim the credit of being best ever in Indian cricket history. In around last three years in test cricket India have used 10 pacers in 34 tests that is minimum among all teams and Indian pacers have done considerably well to gain the best bowling average only second to South Africa.
Noteworthy thing is that indian pacers have mostly played in non friendly pitches except last tour to South Africa where they proved their claim to take 60 wickets of opponents in 3 test matches and india narrowly lost the series because of batsmen’s drastic failure in first test.
Now India is set to face England at their home having a pace attack with great current form and obvious ability backed up by batting stalwarts like Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane etcetera who has been great form or have done well in these conditions before. Add to that captain Kohli’s aggression and hanker to conquer the world, Indian fans can hope for a test series win in England.