Steve Harmison Questions India’s Batting Prowess Ahead of IND vs ENG Test Series

Former England seamer Steve Harmison has raised eyebrows about Team India’s batting strength leading up to the anticipated five-Test series against England. In a bold statement, Harmison expressed skepticism, indicating that the current Indian batting lineup lacks the intimidation factor of its predecessors.

The Batting Lineup: An Evaluation

Harmison’s doubts are primarily centered around the relatively inexperienced faces in India’s lineup, especially with the absence of seasoned players like Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. Despite Yashasvi Jaiswal’s commendable performance in Test cricket, averaging 45.14 with a century and half-century, Harmison remains uncertain about Jaiswal and Shubman Gill’s prowess in the longest format.

India’s Dependency on Kohli and Sharma:

According to Harmison, India’s success in the series will heavily hinge on the performances of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. He suggests that the current lineup lacks the class and intimidation brought by legendary players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman. Harmison emphasizes,

“India will fancy their chances in their own environment, especially with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in their batting line-up. England, though, will feel that there are some vulnerabilities in that batting line-up.”

England’s Challenges:

Harmison doesn’t merely point fingers at India; he also sheds light on England’s vulnerabilities. With Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley still finding their footing, Harmison asserts that the responsibility of scoring runs falls squarely on the shoulders of Joe Root and Ben Stokes in the face of an inexperienced lineup.

“A lot of their success with the bat will be largely down to Joe Root having one of his better series because he’s the best player of spin in the current line-up, and is amongst the modern-day great players of this generation alongside Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson.”


As the cricketing world eagerly anticipates the clash between India and England, Harmison’s insights add an intriguing layer of analysis. The batting dynamics on both sides present a captivating narrative, with India seeking to prove their mettle and England relying on the seasoned duo of Root and Stokes to steer their ship through uncertain waters. Only time will unveil the twists and turns of this gripping cricket saga.

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