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Sunil Gavaskar's counter measure for England's 'Bazball' is... | IND vs ENG Tests

Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar is of the opinion that two things can challenge England's 'bazball' approach in the 5-match Test series against India. 

Sunil Gavaskar's counter measure for England's 'Bazball' is... | IND vs ENG Tests

Ahead of the India vs England Test series, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has coined a new term that can act as a counter measure for England's 'bazball' technique.

Speaking to Star Sports Gavaskar revealed, 'We have Viratball to counter Bazball. The way he’s (Virat Kohli) been batting, his movement looks good.'

An ace batter himself, Gavaskar praised Kohli's renewed batting prowess, 'With Kohli, he has a similar amount of hundreds and fifties (Kohli has 29 centuries and 30 half-centuries), which means he has a good conversion rate.'

Since his 71st international century, Kohli has played 8 Tests where he scored 2 centuries and two 50+ scores at a strike-rate of 54.73 in 2023.

England have not won a Test series in India since 2012 while the coach-captain duo of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes are yet to lose a Test series since they adopted the attacking technique, commonly known as 'bazball'.

And Gavaskar too wondered how they will fare against India's spinners.

'England have adopted a new approach in Test cricket in the last 1-2 years. It’s an aggressive approach where batters look to attack. They just want to play attacking cricket no matter the situation. It’ll be interesting to see if this approach works against the spinners of India,' he said.

India take on England in a 5-match Test series starting January 25 in Hyderabad.


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