Sunil Gavaskar was an ardent critique of the English cricket team and the former English players who were critical of the nature of the surface in India earlier this year and made it a point to mention his displeasure on air time and again. With the Indian team making a return tour to England for a five-match Test series, which will follow the World Test Championship final, Gavaskar expects the English surface to bear a decent amount of grass.
"Having moaned about the pitches in India earlier this year, it won't be a surprise if the groundsman in England leaves a little grass on the surface. That is no longer a worry as India have an attack that will also thrive on it and cause problems for the England batsmen to," Gavaskar wrote on his column for The Telegraph.
The Little Master feels India should be well prepared to take on the English challenge comfortably with six weeks of rest sandwiched between the WTC final and the start of the England series.
"The summer in England promises to be the golden summer of Indian cricket. After the WTC finals, there is a gap of about six weeks before the Test series starts against England and that should be enough for the team to play some practice games and tune-up for what England can hurl at them. It is foolish to try and predict the score but it looks like it will be an Indian summer in England" - he said.
The Test series starts on August 4 while India will take on New Zealand for the first WTC honours from June 18 in Southampton.