Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Despite losing the opening Test by 28 runs against England in Hyderabad, former India star and BCCI chief selector Chetan Sharma has backed the hosts to come back strongly against England.

As per the former selector, India will win the remaining games despite the fact that the likes of KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja are ruled out due to injuries.

Sharma further pointed out that India were in a similar scenario during England’s last tour of India in 2020/21 when the visitors won the opening game in Chennai, but eventually sealed the series 3-1.

“Koi tension nahi hai, 4-1 karenge (No tension, we’ll make it 4-1). Athithiyo ka Swagat kiya hai hamne, koi problem nahi (We’ve welcomed our guests, there’s no problem). Ek mistake ho jata hay (Sometimes you make a mistake). I won’t call it a mistake, they played well,” said Sharma during a recent interaction.

“Kahin na kahin ham pehla match hare hain (Somewhere we lost the opening match), toh kehte hain ki jo jeeta woh Sikander (there’s a phrase that the one who wins becomes a champion) but it’s not the case here. India have a lot of potential,” he further said.

“We had also lost the opening Test in Chennai three years ago and then we thrashed England 3-1. Similarly, history will repeat itself and in the next game, Indian team will look completely different. There’ll be aggression and according to me, we are winning the series 4-1,” he added.

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