Yuzvendra Chahal, the young wrist spinner admitted that Indian spinners didn’t get much assistance like the England spinners following their loss by 86 runs at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Meanwhile, the hosts posted 322 runs banking on a fine hundred from Joe Root. In reply, India was all-out for 236 in 50 overs.
“I think as a team, we conceded 20-25 runs many at the death. But the credit should go to Willey and Root too because they batted so well in the end. It was a different, slow pitch. If you bowled slow, the batsmen were able to play it easily. When we bowled, there wasn’t as much turn as there was in the second innings,” Chahal said after the match.
While Kuldeep bagged three wickets to provide breakthroughs, Chahal was economical. However, David Willy and Root broke the shackles after the 40th over to take the attack to the opposition.
“When I bowled a couple of overs, I found it to be a bit slow. So I decided to vary my pace on it and keep bowling full because it is a slow wicket, there are more chances of going for runs with short-pitched bowling. So I wanted to keep it wicket-to-wicket because if the batsman misses, I have chances of taking wickets,” he explained.
However, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali did a fair job sharing 80 runs among each other in 20 overs. Moreover, they also bagged three crucial wickets. Ali believes the wicket of Virat Kohli was the turning point.
“I think the turning point was the wicket of Virat Kohli because a good partnership was going on. When you chase 322, you need wickets in the end. I also think their spinners bowled well.
“The way Moeen started, the boundaries weren’t coming. We could only get one or two runs and the asking rate was climbing, so there was pressure on the batsmen. You can say their spinners bowled well in the middle overs, he concluded.