The Indian cricket team has long relied on the spin to get the best of opposition hitters, either at home or on a tour abroad. But how times have changed. India could have lost the test series of five matches in progress, however, the Indian markers have done a remarkable job in England, eclipsing the hosts' vaunted bowling facilities. The performances of people like Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been praised by fans and former cricketers alike. On Friday, the all-rounder from England Moeen Ali joined the choir and praised the current Indian attack, saying it is one of the best he has faced.
Ali scored 50 of 170 balls, and placed a 73-run spot with Alastair Cook and the hosts finished with 198 for seven in stumps on Day 1 of the fifth and final Test.
"I just tried to take one ball at a time, I thought they were playing very well, the window was quite slow, but the ball was always doing something, so I just tried to stay as patient as possible, the Indian bowlers did not" It gives me a lot to hit. So I tried to hit. I do not always play like that, but we were in a decent position, "Ali said on Friday.
"You're always hoping to leave them in a bowl and bowl, but they kept coming, throwing at the same pace, in the same areas, it was one of the best bowling attacks I've ever faced, they were always there, consistently there."
Cook scored 71 runs of 190 balls and made 60 runs with Keaton Jennings, England's best stand of the series so far. He survived a missed opportunity at 37, but was unable to capitalize to score a hundred as India returned the blow after tea.
Ali and Cook also put 73 races for the second wicket, after which England got six wickets for 65 runs in the final session.
"When they dropped it, I just said it was meant for you, a player will come to try to replace Cook, which will be very difficult, it was difficult, probably not as easy as we thought it would be (in this shutter). There were some dents in the field.
"I prepared different this week than I would have done before against a slightly newer ball, it just gives you time to think about hitting number three for England, I know I fell, I know I played and I lost, but I just try to I always have confidence, there are always good players, maybe some you do not know at the moment, obviously, we do not want these collapses at that moment, "he said.
Ali played and was lost countless times, but he just did not get into the ball, for the frustrations of India, especially Mohammed Shami.
Speaking about his role as hitter number three, he said: "I was probably not good enough to score them." When I went to have tea, the boys called me Geoffrey Boycott, then they went in, played and lost their first ball, and I was very happy. with that
"I have not done it (hitting number three) a lot for England, and I do not see why I can not hit there." I go out and try to play according to the situation, I beat number three for Worcester and managed to score some races ( twice a hundred) there at the beginning of this year, why not?
"Sometimes, it's a good thing, there are times when you can balance the team, and you get on the side probably before most of the others, but sometimes you feel like you want a fixed batting position," he said. Signed.
(With the PTI entries)