It is really a kind of strange equation that Team India easily got trapped by Moeen Ali who is neither a mystery off-spinner nor a tweaker par excellence. However, the achievement of Ali, grabbing 19 wickets in this series against India in 19 in four Tests is also a hard core truth. Moeen Ali who is supposed to be a stopgap bowler someone like James Anderson and Stuart Broad could put their feet up, has now turned out to be a nightmare for the Indian batsmen especially in the second innings.
It will be interesting to analyse as to what makes the 27-year-old a potent weapon in Alastair Cook’s arsenal? It’s even more shocking to accept that the Indian spinners aren’t able to pose a semblance of a threat against an inexperienced English batting unit.
Great Indian spinner Bishan Singh Bedi has described Moeen Ali by stating feels Ali is just “an average spinner. On the other hand former off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna termed the Englishman as a batsman who can also bowl.
“One should ask the Indian batsmen as to how they rate him as a spinner! As far as I’m concerned he is an old-fashioned off-break bowler and nothing much to add to it,” said Bedi and slamming the Indian batsmen for fearing this just about average spinner.
Bedi was particularly annoyed with the top-order batsmen “who lacked adept technique in handling a spinning ball as a result of playing excessive T20 cricket.”
He also advised Indian Batsmen to play a little slowly by stating “Keep Test cricketers away from T20. Only then can we succeed.”
The 74-year-old Prasanna, a genius off-spinner himself felt that Ali bowled well within his limitations. He said “One must give credit to Ali for bowling to the fields set to him. He proved that the Indian batsmen are susceptible to spin bowling,”