The England-India Test series is finally over, and it was another disappointing overseas result for the visitors, a team that was expected to topple the hosts returning with a very poor 1-4 loss.
England has been on the wrong side as far as a result goes in the short form matches. But Eoin Morgan rightly pointed out how stumbling to one of the rarest bowlers in Kuldeep Yadav doesn’t change the dynamics much for them.
India is probably the only side that has made England work for the runs on the home turf after winning ten bilateral series home and away.
The signs should not be alarming for England as the skipper pointed out the defeat exposes the areas England need to improve – wrist spin – between now and start of World Cup 2019.
They have 300 days to that facets of the game. From here on until next World Cup, they tour Sri Lanka, West Indies where they will be up against a lot of spin bowling.
And that will be a good workout for them. In fact, the more they play Kuldeep and Chahal in coming days the better the core of the batting will be equipped to face the two wrist spinners when the World Cup comes next year.
And it’s likely Kuldeep is in Test squad and plays as well. While India could win the battle for now but the workout England get and with the technologies available England could work a plan going into the next World Cup.
In fact, the onus will be on Kuldeep to keep on working on his wrong’ un.
England does need to have a plan against Kuldeep, as one of the semi-finals will be at Manchester where Kuldeep wreaked havoc in the first T-20. Should they happen to face India they would need to execute all plans and strategies.
England showed massive improvement from Manchester to Cardiff where they would go on to win in the second T-20 through sheer attack.
If England does reach the finals at Lord’s – and in all likelihood they would – they will face India. The conditions will be similar Cardiff, where they excelled.
The fast bowling of India hasn’t bothered the Three Lions much until now and shouldn’t be much going into next year.
So while India are the red-hot team now, the tide could change entirely in a year or so.