Graaeme Swann expects India to make a comeback in the Test series
Graeme Swann gave hope to Indian fans as he admitted that India can make a comeback if the ball does not swing much.
Updated - Jul 21, 2018 10:37 pm
India lost the ODI series 1-2 against the hosts, a big setback ahead of their upcoming Test series. India haven’t won a Test series in England since 2007 and suffered humiliating defeats in the last two tours. Graeme Swann gave hope to the Indian fans as he admitted that the visiting team can make a comeback if the ball does not swing much.
The former England spinner added that Anderson and company would have to rely on reverse-swing if the ball does not move around at the start. He argued that the same will favour India as Virat Kohli and the other batsmen would be settled by the time reverse-swing comes into play.
Graeme Swann backs Kohli to do well against reverse swing
“If the ball doesn’t swing, England will have to rely on reverse swing later on. Jimmy (James Anderson) is not the same bowler with the older ball because by the time it starts reverse swinging, Kohli will be 60-70 not out,” Swann was quoted as saying by PTI.
He further added that Indians are not the only one who struggles against quality swing bowling. The former spinner said that no batsman in the world fancies himself to tackle James Anderson when the ball is seaming around.
“England did well last time because Jimmy had the new ball swinging. It’s just not Indians who don’t do well against swing. Every batsman in the world doesn’t like it when the ball swings around especially when Anderson is bowling,” he mentioned.
Swann has a point as James Anderson has picked 540 wickets in his Test career, and he is more lethal in English conditions. Graeme Swann seemed confident about his nation’s chances if the English bowlers can make the leather talk. He argued that the conditions might not assist swing which is likely to improve India’s chances as they boast of a formidable lineup.
Moreover, the former off-spinner lamented the fact that England doesn’t have a good spin-bowling attack while India have a lot of options in that particular department with the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, and others in their ranks.
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