The Indian workforce, which landed in England on Thursday, goes into the sport beginning June 18 in Southampton with restricted preparation time whereas New Zealand are already taking part in a two-Test sequence towards hosts England.
“I feel in a situation like this, there should be a best of 3 Tests, because if you lose the first one then you can come back in the next two. India will have a slight disadvantage because New Zealand are already playing Test cricket in England,” Yuvraj instructed ‘Sports Tak’.
“There are 8-10 practice sessions but there’s no substitute for match-practice. It will be an even contest but New Zealand will have an edge,” he stated.
Yuvraj stated India have a stronger batting line-up in comparison with the Kane Williamson-led Black Caps.
“I do believe India is very strong because lately we have been winning outside the country. I think our batting is stronger, in bowling they are at par,” he stated.
The 2011 World Cup hero stated Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill should get used to the Dukes ball rapidly of their maiden look as openers in England.
“Rohit Sharma is very experienced now in Test matches. He has almost 7 hundreds, 4 hundreds as opener. But both Rohit and Shubman Gill have not opened in England ever,” Yuvraj stated.
“They know the challenge, the Dukes Ball swings early. They have to get used to the conditions quickly.
“In England, it is essential to take it one session at a time. In the morning, the ball swings and seams, within the afternoon you may rating runs, after Tea, it swings once more. As a batsman, in case you can adapt to those issues, you could be profitable.”
Gill impressed in his maiden series in Australia but did not get runs in the home series against England. Yuvraj wants him to draw confidence from the performance in Australia.
“Shubman is a very younger man, nonetheless inexperienced however he ought to really feel assured about his success in Australia. So, if he has the assumption, he can do nicely anyplace else on the planet,” said Yuvraj.
He also spoke about the additional challenge of staying inside a bio-bubble during the long tour, which includes a five-Test series against England starting August 4.
“There was already the bodily and psychological problem of taking part in in your nation, add a bio-bubble to it now. I believe it is extremely robust. I hope COVID vanishes quickly and folks can et on with their regular lives,” he stated.