India beat England by 203 runs in the third Test at Trent Bridge to liven up the series
India beat England by 203 runs in the third Test at Trent Bridge to liven up the series

Former Pakistan fast bowler Asif Masood reckons that the the current England Test side is overrated and that India have every chance to reclaim the Pataudi Trophy at the end of the five-match series.

“I think England are an overestimated side. Sure, Joe Root is a class act, but the rest of the batting can fall away,” the UK based Masood told the MidDay, adding “England have always been overrated.”

India won the third Test at Trent Bridge to liven up the series and according to the 72-year old, England now will have a tough time beating the visitors.

“India are a fine side which is led well by Virat Kohli. What a player he is… the best batsman in the world. I love his intensity. England can be beaten. There was an improvement in the Indian batting at Nottingham and with your bowlers doing a good job, England will find it difficult to win,” said Masood, who represented Pakistan in 16 Test matches between 1969 to 1977 claiming 38 wickets.

The 72-year-old also reckons that India showed character to win at Trent Bridge and praised Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who claimed his second successive five-for in the Trent Bridge win.

“India should have won at Birmingham and they played very poorly at Lord’s. But they came back showing great character in Trent Bridge. That lad (Jasprit) Bumrah is a good bowler,” he added.