India and England now meet at Nagpur for what should be another encounter that sees a result produced, especially as the Indians need victory to claim a draw although there does appear to be a changing of the guard in world cricket at the moment, with the English players ready to etch their names into cricket folklore.
England are a best price 9/4 (Sky Bet free bets) to win for the third Test running and you have to say there’s little reason to oppose a team full of confidence who seem to have the measure of this Indian team.
Alastair Cook’s team know that playing for the draw is not an option and there are players bang in form when it comes to bowling and batting that can expose an India side that lost by seven wickets in Kolkata last week.
The one downside to backing England is that Steven Finn looks to be struggling with a back injury which means Tim Bresnan is likely to take his place and it’s hardly been a vintage 2012 year for the latter, although the selectors are likely to opt for him over Graham Onions.
Still, we know that Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann can cause serious problems with their spin bowling, while James Anderson was influential in that 3rd Test and the smart money could be on Jimmy at odds of 9/2 (Ladbrokes) to take the most India wickets during the 1st innings.
There is speculation that this could be Sachin Tendulkar’s final Test irrespective of whether India win, lose or draw. Perhaps the Little Master can produce one last virtuoso performance and bet365 offer 6/4 that the series ends 2-2 thanks to the home team winning in Nagpur.
Captain MS Dhoni didn’t inspire any confidence in the last Test and there are rumours that the wicket-keeper will be deposed after this series despite an insistence that all is well. He’s out of form with the bat and can be backed at 14/1 to score the most India runs, with Cheteshwar Pujara looking a better option at 4/1.
As for England, no bookmaker wants to take on captain Cook who is 11/4 (Sportingbet) to score the most runs for his side, while the in-form Kevin Pietersen is justifying his recall and will have played a huge role in this team’s victory should they land the series over the next few days.