It Will Be Very Tough For England In India: Jonty Rhodes
How England batsmen play Ravichandran Ashwin in Indian condition? This question has become more strong when England lost against Bangladesh at Dhaka as they failed to show right approach to Bangladesh’s spinners and lost their all ten wickets for just 64 runs.
Former South African batsman Jonty Rhodes thinks It will be a very tough job for Cook’s men to cope with Indian conditions. England will play 5 Test match series which starts from 9 November in Rajkot.
“It’s going to be tough for England. Being in India for five Tests is going to be physically and mentally very demanding because you are in a situation where conditions are not comfortable to you and it puts you under a bit more pressure,” said Rhodes.
“If you are in a three-Test series, you kind of can get in and get out but it is going to be tough in a five-match series,” he added. Right now Rhodes is in India as a mentor of Indian Junior Players League (IJPL) T20 tournament. He feels T20 cricket is not just entertainment and the shortest format of the game. This kind of cricket has produced some serious skillful cricketers, like India Test captain Virat Kohli.
“What T20 cricket has done is that there is no longer a case between bat and ball. The skill level of players have improved tremendously. Players are playing shots all around the ground,” the South African fielding legend said.
“Bowlers now have to adapt. They can’t just bowl reverse swinging yorkers. You need to bowl the slower ball, slower ball bouncers, different kind of cutters. It’s all about adapting the skills as quickly as possible,” he added.
The 47-year-old, who has played 52 Tests and 245 ODIs for South Africa, further said: “I don’t think it’s just a batter’s game. I have seen enough T20 cricket in my time to know that if you have good enough skills you can be successful. Everyone thought that spin bowlers will never compete and dominate in T20 cricket but often they are ones who are on top. It’s a game that requires a bit of skill and great intensity.”
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