Former wicketkeeper Saba Karim reckoned that the upcoming fifth Test between India and England is going to define the blueprint for playing in the purest format going forward. The match was earlier scheduled to take place in September 2021 at Old Trafford in Manchester, but had to be postponed for an indefinite time period due to issues surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
The rescheduled match will now get underway on Friday, July 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Karim said that England won’t be holding back, especially because of the way they have played in their ongoing three-match Test series against New Zealand.
“I feel this match will decide how you should play Test cricket going forward. It is not only going to be a Test match between India and England but it is going to be a battle between two mindsets,” Karim was quoted as saying on India News.
“If you see the England team on one side, they have made it clear that they are not going to take a step back. Brendon McCullum has said it loudly that if there is danger in front of you, then you should take it head-on, you don’t have to run away from it,” he stated.
Karim, who played one Test and 34 ODIs for Team India, also believed that India would try and get used to the conditions before upping the ante.
“On the other hand, the Indian team, if we see the combination of Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid, it seems they will go to the ground with a balanced approach, they will be watchful and do a controlled attack,” Karim added.
Back in 2021, India won the matches at the Lord’s and Kennington Oval to take a 2-1 lead in the series. England will be going into the series after beating Kane Williamson’s New Zealand. It’s pertinent to note that India have never beaten the Three Lions in a Test at Edgbaston.