England v India, World T20, Group A, Colombo

England played for Armageddon

Having plumbed new depth with a record-low T20 total, England had their supporters running for the hills

Jarrod Kimber

September 23, 2012

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Jos Buttler is bowled as India's spinners ran riot, England v India, World Twenty20, Group A, Colombo
Jos Buttler backed away so far he ended up at the SSC © Getty Images
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Harbhajan Singh has been on the outside for a while. So long in fact that he found himself back in Division Two county cricket playing for Essex. His career was not over, but with R Ashwin taking the main job, and players like Pragyan Ojha as backups, it looked like the end for India's fighter.

Harbhajan played five first class games and five List A matches at Essex with varying success. It's doubtful that in all ten of those games he'd ever seen as many bad shots played against spin as England's debacle at the Presmadasa.

The pitch was ok for spinners. OK. Not anything more. I've seen many pitches in Britain that spin far more than this. For England, it was nothing like what they got sliced and diced on in the UAE. And far from the one they fell over on in Galle. But England could barely handle the bat when the spinners came on.

They devolved from sensible cricketers to the crazy families you see on the apocalypse preparation shows. Shooting at imaginary invaders and stocking up for the inevitable mushroom cloud or global financial crisis. It wasn't even one of the obvious players that ended their world. Piyush Chawla is the player Indian fans abuse when they're tired of abusing Rohit Sharma.

To most of us, these looked like standard non-lethal spinners, to England they were the black plague, and they ran madly towards the hills with canned food and shot guns.

It was as bad a batting performance as England have mustered, on a fairly benign surface against a new bowling attack without their oldest and most reliable bowler and their best T20 weapon.

This is the same Indian bowling attack that has the Indian media in a permanent state of panic. Some wanting four bowlers, some five, some eleven. Tonight they dismissed England with three as easily as you like, a few nights back they couldn't get close to Afghanistan.

You need a research grant and a team of technicians to look into who played the worst shot. Alex Hales didn't even wait for the spinners. Eoin Morgan's cut shot was to a different ball on a different pitch. Craig Kieswetter's flick-waft should be burned before any child gets a chance to see it. Jonny Bairstow's slog against the wrong'un defied science. Jos Buttler backed away so far he was at the SSC when he missed his ball. Graeme Swann went for a wander. And Tim Bresnan brought back memories of England's horror winter with a top-edged sweep.

All this while Kevin Pietersen was stuck in a studio with a grin stapled to his face while Dermot Reeve threw a ball at him.

It's impossible to believe England played this badly, and yet we've seen it all before. In their minds, England seemed to be playing on a ghost pitch from their past and not the quicker-than-everyone-thought pitches that are actually being prepared.

There are no dead rubbers for a while now and far bigger killers than Harbhajan and Chawla lurk around the corner. Unless England learn to swim against the spin, their fans are the ones who should be heading to the store to buy all the canned food they can carry.

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Posted by RodStark on (September 26, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

A couple of points. It was horrible, but I don't think the line-up of Keiswetter, Hales, Wright, Morgan, Bairstow, Buttler is exactly England's best batting line up in anything except possibly T20. Second, it seems to be partly a mental thing, by which I mean that the minute the English batsmen realize they're facing an "Indian" (or "Pakistani" or "Sri Lankan") spinner in the subcontinent, they just go all wobbly. I'll bet they do ok against a "mystery" spinner like Narine, who is only from the West Indies, even if the game is played in sri Lanka..

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (September 25, 2012, 18:18 GMT)


Posted by crindex on (September 25, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

I missed mentioning Engalnd's own Greame Swan who can be as dangerous as Ashwin and Ajmal.

Posted by HawksEyeFocused on (September 25, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

Another huge blow to team India's bowling with the arrival of Harbhajjan!!! He's been below avg. performer since ages!!! Team India is going to get thrashed mercilessly by Aus,Pak and SA in the super 8 and will be the first to pack-up their luggage back to India!!!

Posted by crindex on (September 25, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Ashwin is a far more intelligent bowler than Bajji and Chawla. He can wreck more havoc on England than Bajji ans Chawla put together. India's Ashwin, Pak's Ajmal and Afridi , Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis , Wi's Sunil Naraine are going to be the real ones to recon with.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

Let us take confidence from this and not go overboard with it.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

May be it was the psychological pressure created by opposition. To be frank, This English team is not a balanced side as far as batting is concerned. In absence of KP, there was no one who could handle the pressure of being on a slippery slope in an unknown territory. Evey good team has some bashers but also have some batsmen who have test match standard technique. I would like to see Ian bell or cook on one end. Anyway, Broad was very predictable in using his bowling options and did nothing out of ordinary to break partnerships. Dhoni on the other hand had confidence to experiment and thus ruined English plans by throwing a number of surprises including introducing spin in powerplay, holding off Yuvraj to make English batters attack Chawla. in the end, it was the mind game that made English batsman to look awkword. Broad as a captain is no match to Dhoni - please spare him further abuse.

Posted by gsingh7 on (September 24, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

hahaha the article doesnt give credit to world class bowling with bhajji topspinners and chawla googly but making excuses for batsman inability , wait till 4-0 loss to draw conclusions

Posted by cabinet96 on (September 24, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

@ranjeetc Usually I'd be totally agreeing with you. But here I don't. People gave Ajmal and Rehman a lot of credit when they destroyed England, and even Herath when he did it in Galle. But this bowling was nowhere near as quality. Sure both Harby and Chawla bowled well. But was it the conditions and attack for an 80 all out? Hell no.

Posted by kiran_iitm on (September 24, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

@ranjeet c : perfect bro !!!!!! Awesome reply

Posted by recycle-bin-is-empty on (September 24, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

a poor article. BDW good luck England, i still believe they can qualify for the semis.

Posted by mgr125128 on (September 24, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Seriously, I have played club cricket in Mumbai and Canada and I am just an average good club player. But I am sure my club team in Brampton would have played this spin attack batter and scored at least 100 to 120 runs against same attack. Not taking away anything from Bhaji or Chawla who both bowled quite decent, its just way England played spin..it was as if bowlers were hurling balls of fire - hilarious ,tragic, pathetic all in 1.

Posted by ranjeetc on (September 24, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

As entertaining as the writing is from from Mr. Kimber, let me get this straight, So if India loses in England, its because the English had top notch quality bowling, India struggles against pace, they lack quality batsmen against pace and we play well only in India. And when England lose outside their comfort zone, its because their gifted batsmen played poor shots against a mediocre bowling side, who happen to spin non lethal deliveries. I'm not being jingoistic and taking sides, but how about giving credit where its due.

Posted by jango_moh on (September 24, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

y do i feel everytime eng loses badly, credit is never given to the other team (except in some cases to SA).... i know it was not lethal spin, but it was good enuf, esp harbhajan bowled pretty well!!!!

Posted by spant on (September 24, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

A wonderfully composed satirical description!!!

Posted by LETSCOMPLICATEIT on (September 24, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

In terms of intelligent cricket, this was among the dumbest exhibition of individual and group think tank. These folks don't have a clue about handling spin bowling in this part of the world. Mediocre Morgan and the rest, are not cut for this level of cricket, in Indian subcontinent pitches, without weeks of dedicated real time practice. Hey, but welcome guys, you provide excellent warm up games for the sub continent teams, and we sincerely appreciate the gesture.

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 24, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

i think BCCI should allow afghanistan to play indian domestic cricket so they get decent experience in building innings

Posted by DravidLaxmanGangulyKumbleSehwag on (September 24, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

@ Neville03 , England definitely loose against SL & WI (even WI have the combo of one off spinner & leg spinner i.e. Narine & Badree) and they vl out of competition in Super8s unless and untill they include KP

Posted by KingOwl on (September 24, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

Brilliant piece! Nice way to finish with "... all this while Kevin Pietersen was stuck in a studio with a grin stapled to his face".

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

England should have played KP, Samit Patel, Owais Shah, Dmitri Mascarennas and Ravi Bopara or all eleven imported players like Trott, Prior etc in these conditions..

Posted by drsankalp on (September 24, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

I mentioned long back that england reached top by pure fluck and they will not derserve to be in top 6 also in all formates once they start touring Asia. And it's prove beyond doubt today. Imagine if england play all t20 matches in Asia they may not derserve to be in top 10 also in that formate as Afghanistan plays much better spin then England. Real white wash coming in INDIA when they will lose all their test matches by innings and in three days.

Posted by Neville03 on (September 24, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

Im pretty sure, with the 2 groups almost finalized except for the WI/IRE clash, England is almost through to the semis as they may easily win against NZ and WI/IRE. Chances are there, they might struggle against Srilanka as Srilanks too have better spinners. Still England can be on the top 2 in their group. On the other hand, India must really do well to come one of the top 2 in their group especially when there is SA and AUS. Let the best team win the WC. All the best to all the teams.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

The writing is on the wall for England, this is the fate they'll be suffering in the rest of the tournament and in India. All the Hales', Wrights, Bairstows and Butlers can't bring to this team what a single KP can. This English team without KP is like a dog without his master...utterly confused. As Dermot Reeve rightly said-from contenders they've become pretenders...All through this KP maintained his dignity when he said that It doesn't matter whatever has happened today as it was dead rubber...You'te the man KP...cheers

Posted by bippidybop on (September 24, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

jarrod that was some brutally honest words in there but really funny. and yes we do abuse lot of our players besides rohit sharma and piyush chawla and as someone mentioned sir ravindra jadega should be in that list too :)

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

A fitting reply delivered to another "lion in its own den"-Agreed that the English played horrendously, but it doesn't take away any credit from our bowlers who scathed through their batting line-up like a knife through hot butter. Harbhajan, Chawla-GREAT JOB done, and no-one takes the credit away from you.

This is a strong confidence booster for India as it goes against teams that are far better than England. Aus, Pak & SA will be the real challenge guys-make sure that you bleed them Blue!

Posted by BigDataIsAHoax on (September 24, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Cook, Trott, Bell, Prior all are bad players of spin. 3-0 whitewash against Pakistan not so long ago. Nothing is going to change come November. India will go in with 3 spinners - Ashwin, Bhajji and Ojha. The pitches will be tailored to turn from day 1 or 2.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Its really too premature to comment but i would certainly like to see a 3 man spin attack against the Poms when they tour India, this winter. I mean what kind of logic drives these players. They seemed like as if they had never ever played spin before. Or the faces of Harbhajan and Chawla were horrifying beyond imagination. a team that took on the Afghan tweaks to the cleaners the other day ended up in the laundry themselves; and that too on a pitch which was not a real rank turner. If this is the scenario, then England beware, rank turners are awaiting you here. May God forget your queen and save you first as without people like Pietersen and Bell (Absent for at least 1 match) you are in for a a very horrid time. Add to that a line up which serves 3 spinners on the platter and u are in for a torrid time. One can even relate to a 3 month Delhi belly ordeal.

Posted by baghels.a on (September 24, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

Simply hilarious, especially loved your dig at us Indian fans and our jingoistic,cricket obssesed media !!!!

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

England must learn few lessons from this defeat :(1) singles are important too (2) Spend some time on crease to understand pitch (3) have patience(4) Play Samit Patel (5) cut down sweep shots (6)Good idea to bat first on Asian pitches. Thats all for today.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

Very well written.. love the use of sarcasm..

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

Bring back KP, every body deserves second chance. England needs a solid top order to excel.

Posted by Neville03 on (September 24, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

could be that, England could have preferred to play in GROUP B which is relatively easier to play against teams like Sri, NZ, WI/IRE and emerge within Top 2. Whereas on the other hand, India has to play hard Cricket as they did in the most recent WC and emerge as a winner. All the best, Team India.

Posted by king_lion on (September 24, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

Congratulations India. Super 8's will be tough. I am not sure if India is certain for semis especially because we have to play against SA, PAK and AUS. One bad over can turn this game. And guys (for those who goes overboard in commenting), show some respect to english players. After all they have majority of boys turning in to men gradually just like we have few in our team. We should restrain ourselves in passing absurd comments because we know how it feels to be on the other side of rope. Time is better spent in relishing our achievements than bullying others' weakness. We are mature enough to avoid comparison between tests and T20Is. We learnt our lessons last summer and England will learn it this winter. So relax and enjoy the game.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

That's a master piece. I loved reading the article and to be honest, the article provided more entertainment than the match itself. I am aware that team India's performance has been pretty sloppy recently and their struggle against minnows like Afghanistan only underscored the current trouble of Team India. However, you never know, Indians has the inherent capabilities to rise again and again after defeats. So keeping my fingers crossed…..as an Indian fan.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Never mind the keen (scalding) relevance of content, this is easily one of the most entertaining pieces of cricket writing that I have read. And I do read a great deal.

"I have never seen spin played this way' said Sourav Ganguly on commentary. And he was right of course. Throwing a cross batted hoick at every delivery is not the best way of scoring runs or even for survival.

In the end, England managed neither--score runs or survive--beyond a shocking 14 overs. The really bad news for England is that the ball wasn't even spinning!

It is because they played so terribly that India must remain restrained in their celebration of this lop-sided victory.

There are much sterner tests ahead and to say stuff like Bhajji is back based on this match would be dangerously pfremature.

Posted by 100_rabh on (September 24, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

coming straight from the heart of a gutted fan, isn't it Jarrord? Not too much should be read by the Indians from this game, Eng played real bad, probably worse than their UAE tour. Andy flower is a good coach and results have shown it but if his wards, and all of them in this team, play spin like this, you got to think that who needs a break; KP or Flower.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Blaa..blaa...blaa.. when India at best every statement is meaningless. Playing in sub-continent then India is biggest threat. If Zaheer is back then noone can beat India.

Posted by gagguv on (September 24, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Very humorous Kimber. Keep it up. I would surely be reading your posts now on. some similes you used were truly spectacular.

Posted by BilalcheemaXI on (September 24, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

hahahahaah m rolling over with laughters here.... You need a research grant and a team of technicians to look into who played the worst shot. Alex Hales didn't even wait for the spinners. Eoin Morgan's cut shot was to a different ball on a different pitch. Craig Kieswetter's flick-waft should be burned before any child gets a chance to see it. Jonny Bairstow's slog against the wrong'un defied science. Jos Buttler backed away so far he was at the SSC when he missed his ball. Graeme Swann went for a wander. And Tim Bresnan brought back memories of England's horror winter with a top-edged sweep. it does not get any funnier than that...well english team still has not recovered from the fits they recvd frm saeed ajmal & abdul rehman and here v r, even piyush chawla was not readable...well done INDIA u hav taught them a gud lesson..a PAKISTAN FAN !

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 24, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

Are we sure that this game was introduced by English!! aren't they taking too long to adopt the techniques required to play spin???

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

Great article this. I was there amd when Morgan backed away to cut the ball I was astonished-what a bad shot.And I knew thenthat these poms are doomed against spin.

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (September 24, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

Yeah, in between all that mad batting two things were evident - "Unity and Team Spirit". Long live ECB and its goons...

Posted by Goju on (September 24, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

Lets not overreact to the T20 defeat and compare it to the upcoming tests. Cook, Trott, Bell, and Prior are far better players of spin, and have proven it time and time again.

Although, I am excited at how rubbish the seam attack of England looked. Last time, England outdid India with their short-ball policy. This time, the short ball was dispatched to all parts.

Anderson and Broad are overrated and only do well in English conditions - this will be a real test for them!

Posted by Ravs1504 on (September 24, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

"Piyush Chawla is the player Indian fans abuse when they're tired of abusing Rohit Sharma" ...hahaha..pls add SIR Ravinder Jadeja...haha..

Posted by SICHO on (September 24, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

@Suman Ghadok. "their fast bowlers can consistently bowl at 145km" errrr........ I am not which England bowlers you're talking about but only Steven Finn can consistently bowl at 145ks per hour. Even our very own Kallis has more pace than the rest.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (September 24, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

This demolition will still be a good thing for English cricket if it fast-tracks KP back into the England side.

Posted by pitch_it_up on (September 24, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

Loved reading your article.

"Craig Kieswetter's flick-waft should be burned before any child gets a chance to see it. Jonny Bairstow's slog against the wrong'un defied science. Jos Buttler backed away so far he was at the SSC when he missed his ball."

You could be a bit harsh on the English players....but I loved your style of writing. You have a new fan :)

Posted by Romenevans on (September 24, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

ROFLMAO! What an article....Bwahahahaha "Craig Kieswetter's flick-waft should be burned before any child gets a chance to see it." that was the funniest part! Awesome!

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

Dont forget england is coming for a test match, with the players like Ian bell, Trott, cook who are far better players of spin... so dont write it off.

Posted by Sunman81 on (September 24, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

Now we know why Cook needs KP badly in the team for the tour of India...Sure they will miss him in this T20 WC as well...

Posted by fearless69 on (September 24, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

It's payback time eng.. We are ready for revenge.. India will beat eng 4-0 in upcoming home test series.. It's a great feeling for every indian fan,Virat Kohli "Sir Don Bradman of Shorter Versions", Gambhir, Rohit, pathan, bhajji, chawla.. You've made us proud.. This is just a beginning.. BLEED BLUE..

Posted by binojpeter on (September 24, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

LOL Jarrod, the way you write is so hilarious.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

Let's not forget the best line of all in the article: "All this while Kevin Pietersen was stuck in a studio with a grin stapled to his face"

Posted by roversgate on (September 24, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

"Piyush Chawla is the player Indian fans abuse when they're tired of abusing Rohit Sharma" - I both agree and disagree. Rohit Sharma gets abused more because the selectors pick him more often for international series. Most indian fans though will agree, we will still pick Rohit Sharma's occasional good performances over waste of space Chawla.

Posted by BigDataIsAHoax on (September 24, 2012, 0:42 GMT)

This is so hilarious!! ROFLMAO. HAHAHA. Man you are always so funny!! And to somebody here who commented. Up the IRONS \m/. IRON MAIDEN!!!!

Posted by balajik1968 on (September 24, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

Arishkumar Venkatesan, Jadeja is happily nowhere in contention, so Chawla gets the honours. I started watching only from the 15th over of the India innings. When I saw Chawla walk out from the dugout, I thought there goes the match. The English collapse was something I never expected. Pathan's 2 early wickets helped, something a lot of people forget. However India still has worries. The other teams will not collapse so easily. Pathan gets hammered in the 2nd spell. The bowling collapses when attacked.

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (September 24, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

Relax!! It was only a hit-and-giggle outing, that bore no consequence. If you are calling Bhajji and Chawla "spinners", then you will be in for a shock. These guys are far from anything-good. England lost, because they panicked...god knows for what. Real star was Rohit. Without him, the target would have been 150.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 23:27 GMT)

It is easy to gloat over this Indian victory. But, to read too much into it would be a mistake.The talent of this young England team is obvious.Their fast bowlers can consistently bowl at 145km and have deceptive slower ones.Their batters can hit sixes.In this particular match they went wrong in bowling to leg wicket and short of length.Their only spinner bowled credibly and troubled all Indian batsmen.Pity they had only one spinner for this game.The pitch was certainly helping spinners.There was an obvious grip in the pitch. Do not write off England...they learn and learn fast.They have one of the smartest coaches.And I am a die hard Indian fan!

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 22:55 GMT)

Manoj Tiwari, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma missed out to showcase their bowling talent today ... indeed a once-in-a-lifetime one .. I specially like when Stu Broad claimed that England batters plan spin quite well .. hmm.. what were you smoking ...

Posted by insightfulcricketer on (September 23, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

I think BCCI should organize a tour of Afghanistan for December so Indian public get some competitive cricket. November is going to be a steamroll and boring.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 22:29 GMT)

This was neither about Indian Spinners nor about the wicket , the way Brits batted. They thought they were playing against Afghanistan again and took their chances with swinging the Bat. Well played India but should not get carried away with win, like England did with their win against Afghanistan.

Posted by Raginggbull on (September 23, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

"Craig Kieswetter's flick-waft should be burned before any child gets a chance to see it" - Humorous and to the point. Well-written article and India should take heart from this victory and move forward to next game. Still thinking on the only guy who didn't get a chance in Indian T20 squad - Manoj Tiwary. You'll get one soon buddy.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

"To most of us, these looked like standard non-lethal spinners, to England they were the black plague, and they ran madly towards the hills with canned food and shot guns." Summed it up for me. Loved it! Jarrod you have found a new fan!

Posted by Tridibans on (September 23, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

Hahaha.... loved the article. Can't wait for the English to turn up for the test matches here in India.

Posted by InsideHedge on (September 23, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

This is a brilliant read, Jarrod. I was reminded of Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills" except this time it wasn't the Injuns who were running to the hills!

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

Lol.."Piyush Chawla is the player Indian fans abuse when they're tired of abusing Rohit Sharma" . Did you forget Ravindra Jadeja ;)

Posted by nitsdcricketlover on (September 23, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

Piyush Chawla is the player Indian fans abuse when they're tired of abusing Rohit Sharma..dis the funniest nd the a true line I hav evr read in a crickting article..being n indain cricket follower..the 1st world which to my mind afrt knwing dat piyush chawal was playing cnt be written here..nd england could nt play him I m getting xcited seeing dis..england r coming to india 4 a test seris it ll be fun..I wish eng all d luck..nd d way dey hav played today..LORD SAVE D QUEE oops I mean LORD SAvE ENGLAND Batsmen Against spin..:D

Posted by Sandystar on (September 23, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

This was a very good read.. Hilarious.. Keep it up Jarrod..

Posted by Prashant_ on (September 23, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

While you aptly belittle England's batting approach, strange that you make no mention how well the opening overs by Irfan were and to get the quick wicket and then spinners sticking to their length. Its a lot about pressure in T20.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

Come on Jarrod, Chawla isn't as bad as some think. He's still a good leg spinner. He's been unfortunate in a way given how Bhajji and Kumble were India's prime spinners when he made his debut. Then he was taken to countries with little to ZERO assistance for spinners and he totally lost confidence. I am sure this performance would give him a new sense of belief. On the other hand, Bhajji made a SENSATIONAL come back. What a champion he has been for India !!! England had no clue whatsoever. They will struggle even more in India later this year. It's true about what you said about this pitch. It wasn't even CLOSE to being a turning pitch. I can only imagine what would happen to England had the pitch really spun.

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