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Indians will find it difficult, says Dilip

Mumbai: Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar feels that the Indian attack will find it tough to bowl out England twice in the five-Test series, beginning next month.

The young Indian attack comprises Ishant Sharma, Bhuvaneshvar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron and Ravichandran Ashwin. Although the bowlers have shown plenty of promise, Vengsarkar sounded apprehensive about their effectiveness.

“The Indian attack will find it difficult. We need to have bowlers who can get them out twice… Unfortunately, I don’t see any bowler who can make a huge impact. We will play with four bowlers and out of four bowlers, you have to have two bowlers who can get 10 wickets in a match, which I don’t see anyone doing it,” Vengsarkar said after launching a website for his academy.

“But you never know in cricket, anything can happen. I hope India do well. After a long time we will be playing a five-Test series, I hope we do well, that is important for us. But the England team will be tough to beat since they will be playing at their home,” he said.

India’s tour of England commences on June 26 with a three-day game in Leicester. The visitors will be playing another warm-up three-day game against Derbyshire (July 1-3) before the first Test starts on July 9 at Trent Bridge.

The other Tests are to be played at Lord’s (July 17-21), Ageas Bowl in Southampton (July 27-31), Old Trafford (August 7-11) and The Oval (August 15-19).

Vengsarkar believes that playing just two practice games before the Test series is not enough to get acclimatised to the conditions.

“The first couple of Test matches will be tough because the players will have no clue about the conditions. So they must prepare well. The two practice matches are not enough, they must play at least 4-5 matches before the first Test match,” he said.

With the Indian squad having many players who would be playing in England for the first time, Vengsarkar said adapting to the conditions would be key.