English spinner Jack Leach was “not sure” whether he wanted to play cricket again after being beaten by Rishabh Pant in the opening test against India and is quite excited about his recovery just in time to make a winning contribution to the match. The left arm spinner, who is on his first tour of India, was brought to the cleaners by a marauding Pant on the third afternoon of the first test, but fought back to pick six wickets in the next two days when England won. with no less than 227 runs.
“This is my first trip to India and it was a rough start! I experienced every emotion under the sun on our first test win and I think that’s why we love cricket so much,” Leach wrote. Sky Sports.
“After getting 77 runs from eight overs on day three, I wasn’t sure I wanted to play cricket again so I am very proud to have returned and contributed to the team’s victory.
“Who would have thought that the game would feel so difficult if you won by 227 runs?”
His wickets include that of India opener Rohit Sharma at the end of the fourth matchday, when he tossed a ripper to give the batsman no idea of the turn and bounce of the delivery.
“As for me, I think I’m going to use the delivery Rohit Sharma deleted at the end of day four as a visualization tool in future games!
“It felt good to take out a player of that size with a decent delivery and the timing was good too, so we didn’t feel like we had to come back to get 10 wickets on the last day.”
Leach said England will miss the services of senior wicket-keeper-batsman Jos Buttler in the next three games. Buttler has returned home after the opening test as part of England’s rotation policy.
“Of course we will miss Jos in the coming weeks, who flew home for some rest.
“It was great to have a quiet drink with him after our victory. Jos had mixed feelings about his departure; of course it is very nice for him to have some time with his family, as he is often away, and to get a chance to freshen up because he has a lot of big crickets this year.
“But after winning the first game, he’s excited about what’s coming on the tour and he’d love to be there. He’s a real competitor and a great character to have around.”
Aside from his retention, Buttler is one of the cleanest hitters on the ball in English cricket and the decision to let him rest hasn’t fallen so well with a few former England players.
“Jos has done amazingly well in three test matches this year and it’s great to see him doing so well. It’s really inspiring for me to see a man I played Somerset U11s with completed 50 tests and the makes me even more motivated to play as many games as possible, ”he said.
The frontline spinner wants to improve his batter and is happy that Buttler recently offered him hitting tips in Sri Lanka.
“I got out in Sri Lanka to paddle, so he gave me some advice on how to play the shot and I keep working on it. It gave me great confidence that a senior player showed such an interest in taking care of it. my game.
“I pride myself on being someone who is hard to get rid of and I try to make it as difficult as possible for the opposition because I know how frustrating it can be when tailors hang around playing!”
The series opener’s celebration of victory is over and dusted, Leach braces for a strong response from the hosts in the second game, scheduled for February 13-17 at the same venue – MA Chidambaram Stadium.
“Given India’s previous recent home record – 28 wins and five draws from 34 games – we knew we would take it up and the challenge now is to get ourselves fresh and mentally and physically ready for the second Test on Saturday,” he wrote.
“India is a class team and they will fight, so we have to be ready; it is important that we keep trying to improve on the ground.”
He called his captain Joe Root, who made a beautiful double hundred in the opener, the best spin player in the world.
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