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The former South Africa skipper, Shaun Pollock believes it would be too early to judge India’s batting failure after Edgbaston loss.
No Indian batsmen other than Virat Kohli was able to get going in the first Test match against England in Birmingham.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli scored 200 runs in the Test match. However, the India skipper didn’t receive support from the other end. The Indian batting woes look perennial, as the batters had also let down on the South African tour.
India will like to come up with a better batting show.
Thus, Shaun Pollock believes India struggles outside the subcontinent conditions.
The former Proteas all-rounder went on to add it is same for other countries when they play in the Indian conditions.
“I think always going to be a challenge for Indian batsmen to play outside the sub-continental conditions. It is something which happens with England and South African batsmen too when they come here(India),” Shaun Pollock told Mail Today from Bengaluru.
Adding further, Pollock says the Indian players are not acclimatized to the English conditions. Thus, they must be given more chances to prove their mettle in the alienate situations.
“Technically, we don’t grow up on it so we eventually struggle against spinners. And it takes some adjustment for players to get used to the conditions. So they should be given a few more opportunities.”
India was able to take all the 60 wickets on the South African tour. Furthermore, their bowling performance was up to the mark in the Edgbaston Test as they bundled out the hosts for 287 and 180 runs. Shaun Pollock said that the Indian batsmen need to fire at all cylinders.
“India has a very competitive bowling attack. They have a lot of spin and fast bowling options so all India needs is three or four of the batsmen to perform to have a strong chance of winning it”.
The former Proteas pack leader believes that Test cricket requires more success for away teams. Consequently, Pollock went on to add that India needs more than Virat Kohli to start winning away matches.
“The biggest challenge at the moment in Test cricket is to compete abroad. Most teams can win at home but it has been competitive away. That’s why India needs more than just Kohli to win matches away,” said Pollock, who is part of the Louis Philippe Celebrity Pro-Am Cup in Bengaluru.
India will like to level the series when they will lock horns with England at Lord’s from August 9.