The 69-years-old Former Indian all-rounder Madan Lal believes that team India should have gone for a five-pronged bowling attack consisting of three pacers and two spinners due to lack of consistency and balance in the host bowling.
Mohamaad Siraj was sent on rest who took the maimum wickets in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy with 13 scalps to his name. Yet, he was inexplicably left out to accommodate Ishant Sharma, who was returning from an injury.
“I think India have not played with a balanced bowling attack. They should have played with three pacers and two spinners. Ishant Sharma has only just returned from an injury, so it would have been wise to play him after 1-2 Tests. They also dropped Mohammed Siraj, who bowled so well in Australia,” Madan Lal said.
Speaking to Sports Tak, Madan Lal explained that dropping of Siraj after his exploits Down Under would have shattered the confidence of the new comers. He feels the Hyderabad pacer should have played ahead of Ishant in Chennai.
All-rounder Axar Patel was in line to make his Test debut against England at Chennai replacing Ravindra Jadeja. However, he suffered from a knee injury and was ruled out of the first Test. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem replaced him in the Indian squad and straightaway made into Team India’s playing XI against England.
Madan Lal believes if Shardul Thakur could have been chosen ahead of the 21-year-old Washington Sundar to strengthen Team India’s batting, , which would have given the hosts the liberty to play Kuldeep.
“If you wanted to bat deep, you could have played Shardul Thakur ahead of Washington Sundar and could have gone with Kuldeep Yadav over Shahbaz Nadeem,” Madan lal asserted. England dominated the first day, as it gave sensational hundred from skipper Joe Root. The 30-year-old is still unbeaten at the crease and is threatening to convert his century into a big one.
Madan Lal also feels if England reaches nearer to 450-run mark, the host may go under pressure to pressure to play for saving the Test.
“Joe Root has scored a really significant hundred. If England are able to reach the score of 450, the pressure might be on India,” he further added.
Day 1 day belonged to the visitors, and especially to their talisman Joe Root. With the likes of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler still to follow, England will look to post a huge first-innings total.
If the host let England away with a big score, Team India could well find themselves far behind in the game.