Five reasons why England is struggling in India

1. Mindset:

There is hardly any doubt that England do not have the right mindset to play in India. Under Nasser Hussain in 2000-01 was the last time they seemed to have had the right thought-process behind trying to win games in India.

Of course, they had the players to exploit the captain’s tactics but the current pack looks to have come in with a defeatist mentality. For a player to comment that they use intimidation as a tactic because they are not skilful enough is nothing short of a joke!

2. Poor play against spin

No rocket-science here. Traditionally, England have been poor batsmen against quality spin bowling. While their play has definitely improved in the longer format of the game where they can afford to be more watchful, in the ODIs, it is their inability to take on the spinners that is leading to all the issues. Far too regularly in the ongoing series, the middle-order has struggled against the slow bowlers and stopped short of setting a challenging enough score.

3. Pace bowlers travails

What succeeded back home, has been an abject failure in India. Barring Steven Finn, none of the other pace bowlers, Tim Bresnan, Jade Dernbach and now Stuart Meaker, have got their lengths right for these conditions.

What hasn’t helped their cause is the fact that the conditions have not allowed for the swing to stay on for a long enough time to bother the batsmen. In England, the ball swung around till the very end, and so the Indian batsmen rarely found themselves getting in. Here, it is a matter of seeing the new ball(s) off and voila, off they go!james anderson

4. Apathy towards ODIs

This is an observation that seems valid – England do not give the same amount of importance to the ODIs as they do to the longer format of the game.

This is probably to do with the side being more traditionalists, but the way they go about preparing for an ODI series is a surprise. To rest James Anderson, your most experienced pace bowler would have been acceptable had it not been for the injury to Stuart Broad, the second-most experienced bowler in the side. This is one of the examples where it can be seen that England is quite okay to lose an ODI series but not risk playing a premier cricketer.

5. No Broad, Morgan or Bell

Broad is injured, so is Eoin Morgan, while Ian Bell is in the squad but continues to be mysteriously left out of the playing 11. One would want to ask why given that he is the best player of spin bowling – but no answers are forthcoming and the English continue to struggle in India!

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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