Calcutta/ Mumbai: Sunil Gavaskar, on Saturday, said India will have an edge over England in the Test series if they manage to win the first one in Ahmedabad.
"I have always believed that home teams have an edge. They are familiar with the conditions. They are able to be in the surroundings they are comfortable in. You know the pitch conditions.
"In 2011, when India toured England and Australia respectively both were very vulnerable. But both won the first Test and that gave them a head start. You derive strength from that. If India win the first Test, I don't think England will be able to come back," Gavaskar said, here, during a felicitation to celebrate 25 years of his retirement.
Gavaskar was felicitated by none other than Amitabh Bachchan. Later on the day, the Big B tweeted: "Just had the great honour of felicitating dear friend and sporting icon, Sunil Gasvakar… As gracious and as entertaining as ever .. Great mimic... Anecdotes having all of us in splits…"
Gavaskar said that Sachin Tendulkar getting some runs is a good sign. "He is one the most hardworking guys you will come across. I think Sachin would have got enough time to think about how he got out. If he has got the runs now, obviously he has worked hard for it.
"The real test will be the Tests. But the fact that he has got runs is a good sign," Gavaskar said.
He maintained that the batting looks depleted with the retirement of senior players like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman and the opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir struggling for form.
"The season has just started... If the players are in form then we can score 500-600 runs. In bowling Umesh Yadav is new. Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin's combination has not become that lethal. It is not the same attack we had a couple of years ago," he said.
Asked to predict the outcome of the series, Gavaskar hoped India would make a clean sweep. "It is hard to predict but I hope so. I hope it is 4-0 against England and 4-0 against Australia," he said.
Gavaskar conceded that the opening pair is woefully out of form, but said it is premature to think about tinkering with it.
On the much-debated number six spot that is up for grabs, he said, "After Yuvi's performance with not just the bat but also the five wickets, he gives the extra flexibility to the skipper. He brings in different angle of attack. Down the order at no.6 if he gets going, he can smash any attack.
On the proposed day-night Tests, he said, "This is something Sir Don Bradman told me in 1977-78… He told me day-night Test matches would be soon. If the ball is good and it doesn't lose it's colour and can be spotted at night, I think certainly day-night matches will come. The dew factor and everything else will have to be considered."