The Mumbai Test between India and England, beginning on Thursday, will be the first Test which the Wankhede Stadium hosts since Sachin Tendulkar‘s farewell international game in 2013. That Test match finished well inside three days—in fact, India bowled West Indies out in the second innings before lunch on day three—and the then MS Dhoni-led India won by an innings and 126 runs against Darren Sammy’s men.
Now, neither England nor India are as fragile as the West Indies side who toured India in 2013 were, to fold up so meekly. And you can expect another even contest, as have the three Tests in this series so far been, on what should be a typical Wankhede pitch, which is fast, bouncy and facilitates stroke play, as well.
From England’s perspective, the Wankhede Stadium has been a venue where they have played well: in seven Tests at the old and the renovated Wankhede, the Poms have won three Tests, drawn one and lost three. More significantly, the last two times they played India at this venue, in 2006 and 2012, England beat the home side comprehensively, by 212 runs and by 10 wickets, respectively.
Although England have very good memories of this venue, they go into the Mumbai Test low on confidence and with a real fight on their hands to save the five-Test series against India.
India, on the other hand, are high on confidence, though confidence can be a double-edged sword. Parthiv Patel, who excelled with the bat on his return to the Indian Test side and struck 42 and 67* in the third Test in Mohali, has been retained in the Indian squad for the fourth Test against the Poms, with Wriddhiman Saha yet to recover completely from the left thigh strain he suffered in the Visakhapatnam Test, which India won by a whopping 246 runs.
Below is a video in which Cricfooty’s author has analysed the reasons behind England’s current position in the Test series against India.
Watch and enjoy!