England left-arm spinner Jack Leach will realize his longstanding dream when he steps out on the field against the Virat Kohli-led Team India in the first Test at the M. A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Leach has always had the dream of bowling in spin-friendly Indian conditions and despite the fact that he will be under enormous pressure to deliver against the mighty Indian batting, he is looking forward to cherishing and enjoying every moment.
“Having missed so much cricket you have to remember to cherish and enjoy these moments. It’s my first time in India and to come here and bowl spin is the dream I had. So I just see it as a fantastic opportunity and one I want to enjoy,” Jack Leach said during the virtual press-conference.
“It feels really good to be back playing cricket. That is what I get paid to do, so to be playing again is a really nice feeling,” he added.
Given India’s near impregnable record at home- 28 wins and 1 defeat in their last 34 outings- and the fact that they are coming off a historic 2-1 series win in Australia, Jack Leach termed the upcoming Test series as the ‘ultimate Test’ for his team. But he also reckoned that it gives England an opportunity to test themselves against possibly the best side in the world.
“Is it the ultimate test? Yes, I think so. It doesn’t get much more exciting. I think they’re a quality side coming off the back of a great win in Australia. But I feel like it’s a great opportunity to test ourselves against probably the best side in the world. It’s just a great opportunity, isn’t it?” Leach said.
With so many right-handers in the Indian playing 11, Jack Leach, with his left-arm spin, is confident of making an impact in the Test series.
“I definitely think I can make an impact in the series. I think they’ve got a lot of right-handers so I see that as a good thing for me. I feel I can make a good impression and do good things to that Indian line-up,” Leach said.
The first Test between India and England will kickstart at the Chepauk from February 05.