Former spinner Graeme Swann believes England succumbed to the pressure of facing a world-class band of Indian spinners on Day 1 of the Dharamsala Test. England batted first after winning the toss and were bowled out for 218 on a flat pitch on the first day of the fifth and final Test against India.

“Well you got to look at like I say you have got world-class spinners at the absolute top of their game. So I don’t think it’s a capitulation from England, just succumbing to the pressure maybe, so there’s two ways of looking at it,” Swann told PTI Videos.

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“England certainly knows they can do better but for India, you should be championing the fact that you have got an absolute world-beater at the moment, and he is bowling like a dream.”

India were 135 for one at the end of play on Day 1, with skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill batting well following Yashasvi Jaiswal’s blistering fifty. Swann concluded by calling it a ‘disappointing’ day for England.

“Disappointing day at the end of it, it started so well, with the ball sort of swinging and seaming around so lavishly. To not lose any wickets in that early spell was brilliant from England’s point of view. But then they came up against Kuldeep who was in rich form at the moment and he was just too good for them. At the end of the day, so very disappointing after winning the toss on a good pitch but then finding yourself in such a weak position at the end of day one, it’s been a bad day for England,” Swann added.

While India have done extremely well to win the ongoing series, when asked about their chances in the upcoming T20 World Cup, Swann picked them as one of the strong favourites.

“Look, India is always going to have a massive chance at the T20 World Cup, you know the IPL is the home of T20 cricket basically and you have got some incredible players, it’s about time someone knocked Australia off the world champion perch as well. If it’s not England I hope it’s India,” Swann said.

Published By:

Saurabh Kumar

Published On:

Mar 7, 2024

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