Kohli and Co. will be keen to make amends
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
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.