Monty Panesar, who played a crucial role in England’s series win in India in 2012, believes the visitors have the potential to bounce back even after suffering a big defeat in Vizag.
After securing a psychological victory in the first Test at Rajkot, Alastair Cook-led England were thrashed by an upbeat Indian team by 246 runs in Vizag. Panesar, who has 167 wickets in 50 Tests, said England will have to attack right from the word go in the Mohali Test to have maximum chances of winning it.
“I think England can win the series 2-1,” Panesar said.
“They just need to win the key moments in a match which they haven’t done in Rajkot and Vizag. Everyone knows that it isn’t easy to beat India in India. However, they’ve failed to accelerate just when it was required the most. There is no point in being defensive against India, they need to attack right from the first ball.
“Game moves on in a similar pattern on the first two days of a Test in India. We all know that. It is after that the team which accelerates has the maximum chance of winning. Maybe Cook is missing the third spinner. I am ready to join them, if not in the eleven then even to bowl in the nets. I so badly want to be in Mohali,” he added.
Remembering his last tour to India, where he toppled the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Panesar said:
“It is one of the best memories of my career, playing a big role in beating India in India. I remember the wicket in Mumbai was a rank turner and one in Kolkata was quite flat. Rahul Dravid had said at that point that my performance was one of the best he’s ever seen by a visiting spinner in the first innings of a Test in India. That was really inspiring. It isn’t easy to beat Indians at spin but I managed to do that against a quality batting line-up.”
The third Test between India-England starts from November 26.
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