India bossing the second Test match against England in Chennai are ominous signs for the visitors going forward in the series, believes former England captain, Michael Vaughan as the hosts stand on the brink of a series-levelling victory after play on Monday.
Michael Vaughan opines that Team India takes motivation from all the criticism it gets – in the second Test several experts, including Vaughan himself, have slammed the pitch in Chennai for being too spin-friendly and difficult to bat on. However, Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin with a fifty and a hundred respectively showed them that with a proper and skilful application it is possible to score runs on this raging turner.
“Now, it’s going to be very, very difficult for England, I know it’s the pink-ball Test next week. But once India gets this bee in the bonnet, they like to think things are against them. They like the confrontation of people saying that pitch isn’t good enough, they like the fact that people are talking about umpiring.
“They played good cricket after being 0-1 down. You don’t have to go back long, just look at the Australian series. These are danger signs for the England team so far. This Indian side, once they get on a roll like this, they are very, very difficult to stop,” Michael Vaughan said on BBC’s Test Match Special Podcast.
The pitch is doing plenty but Indian players have been more skilled: Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan, who led the Three Lions to a record 26 Test victories, lauds the Indian players for playing better cricket than the opposition. He asserts that the hosts are better suited for such tracks than the visitors.
He also pointed out how Axar Patel with his variations – such as the arm ball which didn’t turn and goes straighter – was more effective than Jack Leach who generally bowled off-breaks and doesn’t have many weapons in his armoury.
“The pitch is doing plenty but Indian players have been more skilled, they have got better players and more batters that can cope with the spinning conditions. Indian spinners are better in these conditions, they fire it in and consistently and get better variations. Axar Patel has shown that. If you watch Jack Leach, he has bowled nicely but they are all the same balls, spinning away from the right-hander,” Vaughan added.