Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath on Monday said that India’s upcoming encounter with England in the second Test of the ongoing five-match series is going to be a tough one, especially after losing the opener.
In an exclusive interview to agencies, McGrath said, “It is going to be a tough challenge for the Indian team and there is no doubt about it. They have gone down one-nil against the home team which will make it difficult for them.”
The 48-year-old, however, said that India have proved themselves in the past and that they are capable of putting up a good performance.
“Virat showed that he can still score runs there, while Ishant also took five wickets. So, India have to find a way for rest of the team to perform well. They have got the ability to create chances to bowl the team out. So, it is going to be a good challenge,” he added.
Reflecting on Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s performance in the first Test, the former Australian bowler said that the he is a quality player and deserves to be the number one batsman in the world.
The legendary bowler, however, hesitated terming Kohli as the `all-time great` as he believes that the Indian skipper is just halfway through his career and at the moment he is just a quality player.
Commenting on India’s chances during their upcoming tour to Australia, McGrath admitted that the absence of suspended former skipper Steve Smith and former vice-captain David Warner from the team would be an advantage for the Indian side and it is likely to create a huge difference.
India are scheduled to visit Australia for three-match T20I series, four Test matches and three ODIs later in the year.
On a related note, India is slated to take on England in the second Test of the ongoing five-match series, beginning on August 9 at Lord’s.