Won’t take India’s recent form against England into account: Stuart Law
He is aware of troubles that the Indians encountered against Moeen Ali on their last tour.
Updated - Oct 2, 2018 4:23 pm
India will be up against Windies in a 2-match Test series at home. The first Test is scheduled to be played at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot from October 4. The visitors will be wary of the Indian challenge and the conditions that they need to counter going ahead in the tour.
It won’t be an easy task in hand as the visitors will be up against the No.1 Test side in their own backyard. Windies last won a Test against India way back in 2002 at Jamaica, which was also their last series win over the hosts.
Not taking into account India’s recent slump in England: Law
Recently India faced a humiliating 1-4 defeat in the away Test series against England. However, a series at home is a different ball game, as even the Windies coach possesses a similar view. Law mentioned about India’s form in England and believes that it was a lot closer to what the 1-4 scoreline reflected. “England were just able to win the crucial moments,” he said.
He reckons India as a formidable challenge but is equally confident about his team’s chances and their improved show in the recent series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. “We have spoken a lot (ahead of the series). We played two good home series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.”
“India are the number one side, we are further down the ladder (at 8). We are playing in their own backyard, it is a huge task. Not many teams have come here and won. We understand that but on the flipside, we are getting better and better,” Law was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express.
Would bank on our spinners to cause trouble
The 49-year old Australian, who is on his last tour of the sub-continent with the team, is confident about the probable damage that his spinners can cause to the opposition. He is aware of the troubles the Indians encountered against Moeen Ali on their last tour and expects a similar show from his bowlers in even more spin-friendly conditions.
“Moeen Ali really took to India in England, bowling into footholes. We got to use what is available. Roston Chase is a bit taller than Ali, bowls at similar pace. Devendra Bishoo and Jomel Warrican have got some good control as well. Pace has been our strong point but the spinners can also do the job.”