'I think India should not have been in this position (2-1) the way they have played. They should have won the first Test at Edgbaston,' said Kaif.
Bengaluru: Thrilled with India’s success in the third Test against England in Nottingham, former batsman Mohammad Kaif feels Virat Kohli and his men have a “great chance” to win the five-match rubber.
After capitulating in the opening two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s, India bounced back at Trent Bridge to win by 203 runs.
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Though the hosts are 2-1 ahead, Kaif said they will be under pressure as their batsmen have failed.
“Of course, India have a great chance to win the series," Kaif told MyNation.
The 37-year-old Kaif, who retired from all forms of cricket last month, said India should have won the first Test, where they failed to chase down 194.
“I think India should not have been in this position (2-1) the way they have played. They should have won the first Test at Edgbaston. Chasing less than 200 on a decent track, with the batting line-up we have, we should have won the first one, definitely. The Lord’s Test was tough for India. The conditions were overcast,” Kaif, who played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs, said.
The former India batsman hailed the bowlers for scripting victory in the third Test.
“In the third Test, the comeback was great. The Indian bowling has been fantastic. Virat Kohli has been leading from the front, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara are back in form. Hardik Pandya got a five-wicket haul and also hit a fifty in the second innings. Overall, it was fantastic show by India in the third Test at Trent Bridge,” Kaif said.
“England must be feeling the pressure heading into the fourth Test in Southampton. In recent times, they have not been playing well. Their batting has flopped. Their batsmen have not been able to put big runs on the board. If India can make it 2-2 it will be an interesting final Test. There, I would back India to win the series 3-2,” he added.
The fourth Test starts on August 30. The fifth and final match is in London (The Oval) from September 7.
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Last Updated 9, Sep 2018, 9:16 AM