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I don’t think we are unbeatable at home, have to play well to win against England: Rohit Sharma

I don't think we are unbeatable at home, have to play well to win against England: Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: X(Twitter)

The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is all set to host the first Test of the five-match Test series between India and England, starting on Thursday, January 25.

England might be coming in with their enterprising Bazball approach to fight fire with fire but India are still the favourites to bag the series. India have earned the right to be called the favourites as no team has been able to beat them in their backyard in red-ball cricket in the last 12 years. After Alastair Cook and Co. bettered MS Dhoni’s men in 2012, the Asian giants have not allowed any team to leave their shores with a series win in the longest format of the game. They have won 15 consecutive home Test series since that 1-2 defeat against England.

48 Tests have been played in India since 2013. The home side has won 38 of those and lost just 3 matches (India vs Australia in 2017 and 2023 and India vs England 1st Test in Chennai in 2021). With such dominance over a considerable period of time, many experts consider India invincible at home. However, skipper Rohit Sharma didn’t agree to this, saying that the team will have to play good cricket to beat England.

“I don’t think we are unbeatable. We don’t want to think like that. But whatever past records that we have over the last decade or so, do not guarantee that we will come out on top in this series. We have to play well to win this series,” Rohit said during his pre-match press meet on January 25, Wednesday.

Cape Town win has given us confidence: Rohit Sharma

The Mumbai batter led India to a famous win in Cape Town earlier this month against South Africa in the second Test. This was the first victory for an Asian side in a Test match at the venue. With that win, India managed to avoid a Test series loss for only the second time in the Rainbow Nation. Rohit stated that the Cape Town triumph has given the team a lot of confidence and they will take that into the series against Ben Stokes’ men.

“The Cape Town win was good but this match is in Hyderabad. It is different conditions, different opposition. But yeah, that win has given us a lot of confidence and we can take that into this series,” Rohit added.

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