Sourav Ganguly has lauded the way the Indian spin trio of Ashwin, Jadeja and Jayant Yadav have bowled with discipline in the series, in stark contrast to their England counterparts. Ganguly also expressed surprise at Alastair Cook's tactics in the series to under-use the off-spin of Moeen Ali.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has pointed at the sea of difference between the spinners on both sides.
"It's the quality of the spinners from the two sides. There's a massive difference with the way Ashwin bowls, Jadeja bowls and Jayant Yadav bowls and Adil Rashid. It's like chalk and cheese. There are hardly any loose deliveries (from Indians)," Ganguly told India Today.
"Pressure when Indian spinners bowl and pressure when Adil Rashid or Gareth Batty bowl is too much of a difference," he added.
The Indian spinners put in a great all-round show on the third day of the Mohali Test to put the hosts in a commanding position. First,
Ganguly also felt that the England batsmen have lost the idea of playing with freedom and erred with their shot selection.
"What India has done very well in this series after the first Test, they have bowled off-spinners to the
The former skipper is also impressed with newcomer Jayant Yadav's batting after the off-spinner registered scores of 35, 27 not out, and 55 in this series while batting down the order.
"They (Ashwin and Jadeja) are all-rounders in any case, including Jayant Yadav because he has looked very good in these two Test matches. His batting technique has looked pretty solid. I think they are quite capable players especially in these conditions," Ganguly said.
Giving a single-line review of what he thought about the entire series, the former cricketer said, "I think these two hours in the morning[Day 3] not only sealed the Test matches but also the series”
The southpaw also expressed surprise at Alastair Cook's decision to under-use the services of Moeen Ali in bowling after the off-spinner bowled just 13 overs in the first innings at Mohali.
"I am really surprised and only Alastair Cook can answer the reason why the way he has used Moeen Ali in this series. I can't imagine Moeen Ali bowling 10, 12, 13 overs in a Test match on pitches which turn square. Whether he's injured or he has lost confidence in him or he's looking at this England team as a batsman, I can't answer that question. But it surprises me the way he has been used. Cook got to find a way to get
"They played well in Rajkot but since then it has been a downward slide. Fast bowlers will not pick 20 wickets in India. He got to be aware the last series he won, he had Swann and Panesar getting the wickets for him. He's got to find a way to get Moeen Ali back into the attack," he added.
According to Ganguly's prediction, the third Test match will be over by the fourth day and Joe Root will get a hundred.
"Two hours look pretty long tomorrow on the fourth-day pitch. I am expecting the match to finish by tomorrow. Maybe tea, maybe closer to
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