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.
PMGThe writer is a former India captain