India vs England: Stuart Broad relishes challenge despite visitors being 'massive underdogs'

Stauart Broad believes England will have to be very cautious while opting for referrals in the series against India due to different conditions here.

PTI, Nov, 07 2016

Rajkot: England are quite familiar with the Decision Review System (DRS) but they have to be very cautious while opting for referrals in the upcoming series against India due to different conditions here, Stuart Broad said.

File image of Stuart Broad. AFP

File image of Stuart Broad. AFP

The fast-bowling all-rounder said conditions in England and Bangladesh, where they drew series 1-1 before coming to India, were different from here.

"We had a lot of referrals over there. We have got to be quite clear with the communication, It's a bit different with the ball spinning in India rather than it seaming and swinging in England, so it is a bit hard to judge," Broad said.

"It will play a big part in this series. One thing is sure you are in danger of being hit on the path because DRS brings in the opportunity to overturn decisions. So I really enjoyed playing with it. You get right decisions a lot of the time. But communication within the team is so vital for it.

"We are looking for the wicketkeeper and the bowler to make quite stronger opinions on it and obviously Cooky (Captain Alastair Cook) will take over and go with the gut feeling. We could have done well in Bangladesh. In Dhaka we wasted a couple," he remarked.

Broad, who is set to complete the milestone of 100 Tests, said England are going into the five-Test rubber as huge underdogs.

"We are coming as massive underdogs, there's no doubt about that. Obviously, India has got to number 1 in the world and played some brilliant cricket here, so we're very aware that it's a huge challenge. But it's pretty exciting as well, we're not really sure what to expect," Broad said.

Talking about his upcoming milestone, Broad said what excited him more was it was to happen in a huge series and against the world's top-ranked side.

"I am aware how special an achievement it is because of the players that have come before me. The amount they have given to English cricket, it's a special cap to receive. What excites me more is this 100th game being the start of a huge series for us as well. There is no bigger occasion than starting a series in India, against a No 1 team in the world.

"It's great to get a milestone being in such an important game because we know how vital it is to start these tours well," said Broad, who is on his third full Test tour of India.

Published Date: Nov 07, 2016 | Updated Date: Nov 07, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115