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“The weather is more English than Indian,” Sunil Gavaskar cautions before of the fifth test in Dharamsala

<p>The Indian national cricket squad was cautioned by cricket icon Sunil Gavaskar not to take the fifth and final Test lightly at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala.</p>
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<p>In his MidDay piece, Gavaskar acknowledged that the England team under Ben Stokes will feel comfortable in Himachal Pradesh.</p>
<p>“The tourists should feel very much at home with only one Test match remaining in the series, and that too in weather circumstances that are more English than Indian. It’s unclear whether the ball will seam off the pitch, but it should swing much more in the air, according to Gavaskar.</p>
<p>India won the fourth test by five wickets, giving them an unbeatable 3-1 lead. In Hyderabad, England had won the first test by a margin of 28 runs. at response, India won both the second and third tests, scoring 106 and 434 runs, respectively, at Visakhapatnam and Rajkot.</p>
<p>India has won 17 straight Test series at home, where they haven’t lost one since an Alastair Cook-led England team defeated them in 2012. The victory in the fourth Test was by five wickets.</p>
<p>It was England’s first series loss under captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon “Baz” McCullum. England had won the first test in Hyderabad and had been competitive and entertaining in Visakhapatnam and Ranchi.</p>
<p>India and England will compete for 12 World Test Championship (WTC) points in Dharamsala starting on March 7, even though the series has already been decided.</p>
<p>“A certain school of thought believes that now that the series is decided, the Indians can relax a little, but they forget that winning even a dead rubber match earns points, and those are crucial when trying to qualify for the World Test Championship final,” wrote Gavaskar.</p>
<p>Therefore, the Indian squad cannot afford to play it lightly. Although the series is already won, the pressure will still be somewhat reduced since individual aggregates may still be strengthened, he said.</p>

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