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Reality of playing in India is starting to hit home for England: Graeme Swann

Former England spinner Graeme Swann has said that the reality of playing in India is starting to hit home for the visitors. India is facing England in the fifth and final match of their Test series at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.

India went past England’s first innings total on Day 2 on the back of centuries from skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. Debutant Devdutt Padikkal and Sarfaraz Khan also chipped in with fifties as India piled the pressure on England in Dharamsala.

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As quoted by Sky Sports, Swann said he’s getting an end-of-tour feel from England, insisting that the reality of playing in India is starting to hit hoe for the visitors. India has not lost a home Test series since 2011/12.

“There is a definite end-of-tour feel for England. You can understand that after being bowled out cheaply yesterday and the pasting they have been on the receiving end of today. It’s important they keep plugging away. The reality of how hard it can be in India is starting to hit home,” said Swann.

India bowled out England for 218 runs on Day 1 in Dharamsala. Opener Zak Crawley was the best batter for the visitors, scoring 79 runs off 108 balls, smashing 11 boundaries and a solitary six.

Jonny Bairstow, who also stepped out to play his 100th Test match, scored a quick-fire 29 to go past the 6000-run mark in Tests, becoming just the 17th Englishman to achieve the feat.

Kuldeep was the pick of the India bowlers, claiming his fourth five-wicket haul in Tests while giving away 72 runs in 15 overs. He was ably backed by milestone-man Ravichandran Ashwin, who claimed four wickets on his 100th Test match.

Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a quick-fire half-century as India ended Day 1 at 135 for 1. Rohit and Gill picked up where they left off on Day 2 and took India past England’s first innings total. Rohit scored 103 runs off 162 balls, while Gill smashed a 150-ball 110 to put India in the driver’s seat.

India will be aiming to end their five-match Test series against England on a high having already clinched the series 3-1.

Published By:

Rounaq Sehrawat

Published On:

Mar 8, 2024

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