The last time England visited India in 2016, they suffered a 0-4 loss in the five-game test series. And at the time, Mark Ramprakash – who was the batting coach – witnessed how the Indian batsmen went wild.
As England prepare for another tough test run against India, the team are full of confidence after their 2-0 win over Sri Lanka. While the quicks played their role to perfection, it was the spin duo of Jack Leach and Dom Bess that rocked the young Lankan side.
But Ramprakash believes India won’t lose its sleep over England’s rotational attack. “When we played India last time, we were happy to beat India once, let alone twice. I remember the big hundred Indian batsmen throughout the series, and also the triple hundred by a player (Karun Nair) in Chennai who is no longer on the squad. The wickets were good as a result England found bowling difficult for good batsmen.
“There was no lateral movement for the fast bowlers, and the pitchers couldn’t be precise long enough,” Ramprakash said. Sports star.
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“While England did decent scores in the opening innings, penetration with the ball was a problem. The same will apply this time. Bess and Leach are dedicated and professional players who will do their best. Of course, it remains to be seen if Moeen Ali plays. It’s definitely an option, he had some success against India.
But then, it will not be easy to fool the Indian drummers in their garden.
“It’s going to be very difficult for them to keep control of the speed and get the wickets back in a part of the world where the spinners should be the main threat. In Australia, there was Nathan Lyon, who is much more experienced than Bess and Moeen, but even he found it difficult. I don’t think Indian drummers will lose their sleep over Leach or Bess, ”said Ramprakash.
Mark Ramprakash. – PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES FILE
The historic series victory over Australia gave India a huge boost and Ramprakash admits that at home Virat Kohli’s men will start as favorites. “India enters the series as a big favorite. However, that won’t bother England. They will enjoy being the underdog. It’s a pretty nice place for them, coming into the four-game test series, ”he said.
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“If one of the Indian players scores a double cent in the first test and then a 180 in the second test, it may hide some of the weaknesses that could be there. Another thing I find puzzled is that (Jonny) Bairstow and (Jos) Buttler will not be playing (Bairstow will be available from the third test, while Buttler will return home after the first test and return for the limited series). From England’s point of view, I understand the reason why they have to rest and rotate players, but for a series of tests against the No.1 team in the world, you would surely like to pick your best team ” said the seasoned coach. .
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Ramprakash believes that English stimulators will be tested in the “fantasy series”.
“When we played Mohali on the last tour, (Mohammed) Shami and Umesh (Yadav) played really well on a fairly flat surface. They were playing short, sharp spells and came back and swung the ball back, with good setting on the court. This time England can call on (Jofra) Archer and (Mark) Wood with a bit more edge on those flat surfaces. They will of course try to use the rhythm. Also with Ben Stokes, they hope to trouble the Indian drummers. Pace is going to play a role, ”Ramprakash said.
The former cricketer also believes that with advanced fast bowling programs and newer grounds, India has worked hard to develop a fast bowling culture and reaping the benefits with the rise of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj and T. Natarajan.
“Sri Lanka depended so much on its spinners that they had a knack. And once Joe Root had conquered that, that was it. In India, it will be very different. There will be very good cricket. As a batsman if you are racing against a varied attack then you have played really well, ”said Ramprakash.