England will struggle to inflict a whitewash in India: Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev said it is unlikely that a team delivers a good performance when its star players are out due to injuries Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Oct 3, 2011

Former India captain Kapil Dev has said that England would struggle to repeat their performance in the upcoming One-Day International series in India. England beat India 3-0 in the five-match ODI series last month at home, in which two games were washed away by rain.

“Can they play good cricket in India? It won t be very easy. India played very poor cricket in the summer, but injuries hit them badly. You don t expect to have almost 29 boys, because of the injury call-ups, coming on tour in a series of 40 or 50 days,” Kapil was quoted by Zee News.

“All credit to England, but when teams get hit by injuries like that you re not going to get a good performance,” he added.

The former World Cup-winning captain feels that it will be an uphill task for England to beat India in India, who will enjoy playing in home conditions.

England squad led by Alastair Cook will reach India on Monday for the five-match ODI series and one-off Twenty20.