Kohli and Co. will be keen to make amends

Sportstar - - PREVIEW ENGLAND­INDIA TEST SERIES - SHREEDUTTA CHIDANANDA

The pitches could be dry and Eng­land may be in a state of flux, but In­dia can take nothing for granted.

For all its suc­cess at home, In­dia still wins pre­cious few Test matches over­seas against tough op­po­si­tion. In­dia is yet to win a Test se­ries in Aus­tralia or South Africa; it has won two in New Zealand and three in Eng­land in all its his­tory. In­dia’s win­loss ra­tio in Aus­tralia, Eng­land, New Zealand and South Africa is 0.25, which means that for ev­ery Test In­dia wins in th­ese na­tions, it loses four.

It is un­fair to sin­gle In­dia out, for al­most all teams are poor trav­ellers th­ese days; only South Africa stands apart. Among sides tour­ing Aus­tralia, Eng­land, In­dia, New Zealand and South Africa in the last 10 years (since July 200■), the Proteas have the best

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Test­ing times: Kohli is at the peak of his pow­ers as a bats­man, but he un­der­stands that another poor se­ries in Eng­land will see him judged un­favourably. Bats­men who score ‘dif­fi­cult’ runs al­ways have an el­e­vated sta­tus; Kohli, for all his stag­ger­ing ODI feats, has a gap in his CV to fill.

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