Alastair Cook, the captain of the England’s Test team had noted that considering the conditions of play they found themselves in, they needed to play the perfect game if they were to have any chance of beating India, but they failed to and made a mess of the whole situation.
He also attributed their failure to the absence of the world-class spin options which they had fully utilized back in 2012 when they stunned India. This he said on the heels of their 3-0 whitewash by the hosts in the five-match Indian Test series.
England beat India four years ago at their home (in India), and still maintain the record as the last team to ever win a series in India, where spinners, Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar reveled in the playing conditions with able support from James Anderson, prolific paceman and wicket taker.
The series had seen Panesar take 11 wickets while Swann picked up eight more thus pushing England forward to thrash India by 10 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium.
Adil Rashid, England’s leg spinner and also their highest wicket-taker so far in the ongoing series, with Moeen Ali, off spinner have been unable to match the performances of these players.
And speaking to reporters after the defeat of the team by India with 36 runs and an innings, Cook had said,
“No disrespect to Mo and Rash but Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar were world class bowlers in 2012.”
“Mo and Rash have bowled well but they are not yet in that league… I do not mean that disrespectfully at all and that is why we need a slightly different balance to the side.”
“It is just frustrating. To beat India in these conditions you have to play the perfect game and we haven’t managed to do that.” He concluded.