England top-order batsman Dawid Malan opined that each Indian bowler in the Test squad comes with a different set of challenges which makes it hard to get used to. Malan had a decent outing in the series, scoring a fifty on his return to Test cricket at Headingley.
The 5-match series between England and India concluded recently. The Indian bowlers outperformed their counterparts while the batting departments were equally matched. The potent pace-attack of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj threatened the English batsmen all day long.
“They’ve all been pretty tough. I think the one thing about this Indian attack is they’re all slightly different. They all have different release points and different things they do with the ball, which makes it so challenging you know you can never get used to (them).”
“If you think you are getting used to one of them, they just come at you with different challenges all the time so you know it’s really tough to pick them. They’ve all been really, really good this series,” Malan stated in an interview with PTI.
“I’m quite happy as a left-hander that Ravichandran Ashwin did not play” – Dawid Malan
One of the surprises of the series was the exclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin from all the matches. In recent times, the 34-year-old has improved his overseas performances. It was most recently witnessed in the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Speaking on the matter, Dawid Malan was also unsure about the reason why Ashwin was left out.
“It’s not because he’s not a great bowler, he is a serious bowler. He is one of the best spinners that’s ever played the game, but you know, it’s hard for me to comment on why he wouldn’t be playing. If you look at the conditions and if you were playing two spinners, he would probably be tougher (Ravindra Jadeja).”
“I guess the captain or the leadership of the Indian team probably had the decision to make between Jadeja or Ashwin and they went the other way. I’m quite happy as a left-hander that he did not play, which is pretty good,” Malan added.
India led the series 2-1 until the final Test in Manchester was canceled due to a covid outbreak. The result of the match is yet to be determined.