New Delhi: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell said that India had identified England’s weakness in playing spin in the second Test played in Chennai. In the third Test, Team India used it as its advantage, due to which the guest team lost the Pink Ball Test match within 2 days.
Spinners Akshar Patel and Ravichandran Ahswin took 11 and 7 wickets respectively, leaving England all out for 112 in the first innings and 81 runs in the second innings. The match was won by 10 wickets.
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Earlier, the Indian team had won the second Test in Chennai by 317 runs. In this Test, England’s team could score only 134 and 164 runs in both innings. Chappell wrote in his column on ‘ESPN Cricinfo’, ‘India decided to feed 3 spinners in the Test because no batsman other than Joe Root could do well against spin on the Chennai pitch.’
Ian Chappell said, ‘India (Team India), using it properly, used it for their own benefit, influencing their mentality.’ He said that England’s innings in the second Test played in Chennai was cheaply because their batsmen did not trust their defensive game.
The former cricketer said, ‘When faced with the serious challenge of spin, the England batsmen did not trust their defensive game, due to which they tried to take an aggressive stand against the Indian spinners. He was resorting to reverse sweep instead of coming out of the crease, which is an example of this.
He questioned, “How can risky shots, made in advance, be better than the reliable technique used to destabilize good spinners?”. The batsman has the option of playing the shot according to his mind with the use of steps to reduce the impact of spin. This is a skill that is learned in the early days of the game.