Saqlain Mushtaq has predicted a different fate for India in current England’s tour of India. India received the worst thrashing at the hands of the English in the previous series where India failed to secure a single win in any format of the game. What was worse was the that India were World Champions and Number 1 Test side according to ICC rankings. This started the satire about the Worldcup win, “It was at home, it doesn’t count”.
Saqlain Mushtaq, the veteran off spinner said that results could be quite different in this series with England in India. While talking about Indian team’s performance on the India’s tour of England, has said, ‘It was the failure of the team and you cannot just blame the spinners. You didn’t have runs on the board and, in such scenario, the spinners can’t gamble”.
“The conditions were pacer-friendly and, as one saw, it was the pacers who did the trick for the hosts. So I don’t think it would be right to blame the spinners alone.” We saw Harbhajan wacked all around in the tour before he seeked shelter behind injuries.
The holder of more than six bowling world records said that India’s performance in England was an overall failure and no specific department should be blamed. “The injuries made things worse for India as they could not field a full-strength. I am sure that if India did not have injury problems, the outcome would have been different. In fact, I am sure that things will be different when England visits India next month. India should have all their players fit and the conditions will also favour them,” he said.
Saqlain urged that the revival of Indo-Pak cricket series will be great as the entire world wants to see India and Pakistan play.
There are talks that Indo-Pak cricket could be revived with India hosting a series in February-March 2012.
“I personally feel that India and Pakistan should start a series on the lines of Ashes. But lets wait for the ties to resume first,” Mushtaq said.
Saqlain Mushtaq is one of the finest off spinners the world has seen. He is also the inventor of the Doosra and holds the world record for fastest 100, 150, 200 and 250 wickets in ODIs. He is the only spinner to have taken two Hat-tricks in ODIs and one of four bowlers overall to have done so.