England are all set to take on the hosts on the third of the five-match Test series in Mohali tomorrow. And discarded England spinner Monty Panesar predicted that Alastair Cook’s men will beat India by a margin of 2-1.
During an interview to Aaj Tak on Friday, the ex England international went on to claim that his team have the habit of coming from behind to beat their opposition and will do the same against India in the ongoing Test series.
Monty said, “I think England can win the series 2-1. 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.”
At present, Panesar is in Sydney, where he is undergoing a rehab after a shoulder surgery. He last played for England in 2013 in an Ashes Test at Melbourne.
Panesar said that Cook was missing the trick by not employing a third spinner against India and also said that he was willing to join the team if the England management wanted him to. He was quoted as saying, “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 further went on to state that the England team should be looking forward to take one session at a time because game moves on in a similar pattern on the first two days of a Test in India. It is after that that the team which accelerates has chances of winning.
The third Test begins in Mohali tomorrow.
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