Asked about it, Cheteshwar Pujara said, “We needed more wickets, to be honest. A couple of decisions went against us; still we bowled decently. It turns a bit more in the first session, so we have to utilise that and get some more wickets.”
Former India spinner Maninder Singh told HT, “The pitch eased out a bit, but they should have been more effective.”
MS Dhoni had demanded a rank turner, and it was given. And despite ruling out a third spinner, he included Harbhajan Singh. Though he opened the bowling with Ashwin and Ojha - spinners opened the bowling in the first innings of a Test for the first time since 1910 - only Ojha took wickets.
Maninder blamed the tactics. “Why not make the batsmen drive? I'm all for close-in fielders but when nothing is happening, set the field on one side and entice the batsmen into a false shot. The English spinners did not experiment much. Why should you, when the pitch is doing so much?”