India's wicketkeeper and batsman Parthiv Patel has taken aim at the visiting English bowlers, saying that the quality of the hosts' bowling is far better than that of England.
Patel's scathing remarks came after the hosts cruised to 146/1 in reply to England's first innings total of 400 in the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India has scored runs for the fall of just one wicket on a pitch that aids spin.
"More than the surface, I think the quality of our bowling is far better. Our bowlers get definitely more revolutions on the ball than what their spinners are doing. And obviously, we vary our pace very well. We have deceived a lot of players in the air, rather than just waiting for help off the wicket. I think there's definitely a lot of difference in the quality", Patel said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
The diminutive batsman who made a comeback to the Test side after a gap of eight years believed that the English spinners struggled in the last Test at Mohali. The Indian spinners, he said, tried to spin the ball a lot more and give it some more air.
"We have definitely tried to spin the ball more than what they have tried to do, for sure. That's what even I felt in the last game also. Last game, the way our bowlers bowled in Mohali, where there was no turn and you could see how they bowled in Mohali when we were batting second, where they actually got exposed because there was no help in it."
India go into the third day trailing by 254 runs in the first innings with nine wickets in hand and currently lead the five-match series 2-0.