England are formidable opponents: Dilip Vengsarkar
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 226-run partnership on day one of the Vizag Test match has pretty much brought India back to a position of strength that they are so used to, playing at home. (Vizag pitch will turn square from Day 2: Ganguly)But former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has come out impressed by England’s showing in the Rajkot Test and expects them to be competitive in the series. “I don’t want to stick my neck out and predict anything. England are formidable opponents. I hope India can win the series. Virat Kohli is in great form and a very good captain,” he told India Today.The trio of English spinners Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Zafar Ansari exceeded expectations and outperformed their Indian spin counterparts at Rajkot.England’s spin attack is not of the quality they had in 2012 with Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar leading the charge but Alastair Cook’s team is one of the few non subcontinent teams who have been able to field three able spinners in the playing eleven, all of different variety. (Wanted to build a big partnership with Kohli: Pujara)”It has to be said they have picked horses for courses. Their spinners are good and can perform if they get turning wickets,” he said. But finishing wicketless against Kohli and Pujara’s decisive footwork and stroke play on a day one wicket at Vizag would have brought them up to speed with the challenge at hand.Spotting many left handers in the English top order, India have opted to have a second off-spinner in debutant Jayant Yadav. The jury is still out if dropping experienced legspinner Amit Mishra was justified but the Indian team management has rung in changes after a below par showing in the first Test.advertisementBoth the teams are well aware the choice of spinners and how well they bowl will decide the series.