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Bitten, India would be wary of turners
Ian Botham, Hindustan Times
November 27, 2012
First Published: 00:49 IST(27/11/2012)
Last Updated: 02:36 IST(27/11/2012)

As expected, there were no miracles and England wrapped it up quickly. There may be talk on how India could have put up a fight just like South Africa did against Australia, but the truth is that they weren't allowed to do so by the England bowlers. They were simply brilliant and this win will mean a lot to England and their fans. Beating India at home is never easy and having done so, this will remain quite special.

MS Dhoni's desire for rank turners has backfired. I don't think India would want a similar track in Kolkata and if they do, they are welcome. England will be more than ready as their spinners have bowled better and troubled the India batsmen.
Also, their batting is improving with every outing. The highlight of the English spin attack was that Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann used the conditions to their advantage. They understood the track and bowled the right length at the right pace. So my guess is that the Indians would not go for rank turners, but rather prepare wickets more suited for batting which we see there more often.

For me, there were three 'men-of-match'--- Kevin Pietersen, Monty and Alistair Cook. Pietersen is an asset to any team he plays for. When he gets going, he is exceptional. He is brutal in his approach and has the right skills, including a strong defence. I liked the way he paced his innings, which resulted in the overall impact. With the innings of 186, he has announced that he is back.

It's a four-match series and I am sure India wouldn't be panicking. In a series like this, the teams need to patient with selection.

The series is 1-1 and with two more Tests to go, I don't think there would be many changes in the India team. They are a quality team, who are playing at home and can surely bounce back, while England will be extremely pleased ahead of the Kolkata encounter.

PMG
The writer is a former India captain


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