Mumbai: Saqlain Mushtaq becomes a nightmare for Indian think tank. The impressive performance of English spinners under his guidance has already put fear in Indian players’ heart and the next match is on a turning wicket of the new venue of Visakhapatnam.
Four years earlier, Indian batting line was destroyed by the English duo of Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar in the Mumbai test. They shared 19 of the 20 Indian wickets. On the other hand, English batsmen faced Indian spinners very well in the first test of the ongoing series in Rajkot. Joe Root and Alastair Cook scored centuries as well.
Whereas, England’s spin trio of Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Zafar Ansari created problems for the Indian batsmen and Saqlain’s effect was quite evident. Saqlain, who as a player picked 20 wickets in three tests against India in 1999, knows the conditions very well, thus his experience will surely come handy for England.
The extension given to Saqlain Mushtaq by ECB has added more worries to Indian management. The hosts, which were ruling on its home ground due to spin friendly conditions, might fall victim to their own trap. Adil Rashid, who picked 7 wickets in Rajkot Test, seems to have identified the weakness of Indian batsmen against slow bowling.
Spinners have taken 13 out of 16 Indian wickets which must have boosted their confidence. If India look to prepare a slightly pace friendly wicket to neutralize England’s spinners, then they will face the threat of James Anderson, who has performed well against India throughout his career.