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England lacks quality spinners, despite Saqlain: Wriddhi
3rd November 2016
India wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha believes that the England bowling line-up does not have experienced spinners to trouble the home side in the Test series, definitely tilting the scales in favour of the hosts.
During a tea party hosted by CAB, Wriddhi said: “Last time they had Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar. They were quality spinners. But this time they have a younger inexperienced lot. They lack the temperament and skill set that is needed to trouble the Indian batsmen on home turf.”
For all the hype of Saqlain Mustaq as the bowling consultant, he said: “He can’t come out and bowl. The bowlers are young and they have to deliver on ground. It won’t be easy.”
Other than Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Garreth Batty and Adil Rashid have a combined experience of 14 Test matches.
On James Anderson’s absence in the first two Test at least, Wriddhi said: “He is a great bowler. His absence is a definite advantage. But they do have a good pace battery led by Stuart Broad.”
“We are definitely favourities. There are a lot of players on their first tour of India. And that is a serious learning curve. If we can execute the plans properly we should win the series,” he added.
Reacting to the much talked about “Park-the-Bus” strategy, he said: “A lot of people say a lot of things, but cricket is a matter of application. Every batsman has his own approach. Some score few runs playing a lot of balls and some cannot survive a lot of balls. I like to play a lot of balls when I am batting. So it’s easier said than done.”
On his relation with the team members, he said: "The dressing room atmosphere with the Indian team is great. Like it is very serious here (with the Bengal team), it's not like that when I am with Team India." he added.
Asked how accessible is chief coach and leg-spin legend Anil Kumble, Saha said: "He is always willing to guide you. He has a sense of humour and that reflects in the dressing room. It is so relaxed."
Talking about his role in the team, Wriddhi said: “It has grown with time. Standing behind the stumps I have the best view of the ground. Now I have the permission of the captain to make minor changes in the field on my own. When I feel that a major change needs to be made I discuss with the skipper. Sometimes he agrees and sometimes he does not. But he gives me that liberty and that gives me confidence.”
“Virat (Kohli) is a great skipper. He is very positive, very aggressive and wants to win every match, every session. That has a positive effect on the team. In the dressing room he is cool and relaxed. He gives importance to every member of the team,” he added.
Coming back to his role, he said: “I will play in whatever order the team wants me to. I believe in team before myself. So if score a 30 and that helps my team win, it has more value than a century for a losing cause. I will play as the situation demands and as my captain and coach wants me to play.”



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Arindam Basu