India wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel declared on Friday that the England spinners were no match for their India counterparts in terms of quality and that’s why England have struggled against the home batsmen.
“More than the surface, I think the quality of our bowling is far better. Our bowlers get definitely more revolutions on the ball than what their spinners are doing,” he told a media conference after the second day’s play. (HIGHLIGHTS)
“And obviously, we vary our pace very well. We have deceived a lot of players in the air than just waiting for the help of the wicket. I think there’s definitely a lot of difference in the quality.”
The fourth Test is delicately poised with England ahead by 254 runs with India having nine wickets in hand. Patel’s statement looked like a ploy to play mind games with Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid ahead of the crucial third day’s play. (SCORECARD)
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja shared all 10 England wickets in the first innings while Moeen and Rashid have found it tough against Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay, the two taking India to 146 for one with an unbroken 107-run partnership.
Comparing Ashwin and Co to the England spin attack, Patel said: “We have definitely tried to spin the ball more than what they have tried to do. That’s what I felt in the last game also. The way our bowlers bowled in Mohali, where there was no turn.
“And you could see how they bowled in Mohali when we were batting second. They actually got exposed because there was no help in it. And we definitely have traditional bowlers who can vary their pace brilliantly. That’s what Ashwin, Jaddu and Jayant (Yadav) have been doing.
“That’s why we have kept them quiet. As you know, on a red soil wicket, it is very, very difficult to contain the scoring rate. We did that in the second session (on Day 1) and that is why we got wickets in the third session.”