Kevin Pietersen reckons that without the services of the legendary off spinner Graeme Swann, it would not be easy for England to stop the young Indian batting line up in the upcoming 5-match test series.
Swann quit international cricket during the Ashes tour of Australia saying that his fitness was no longer good enough to play at the highest level. He claimed more than 250 test wickets for England during his career.
According to Pietersen, the thing because of which Swann was a great bowler was his ability to attack as well as defend simultaneously.
In his column for one of the English newspapers, Pietersen wrote, “Till the last season, whenever the team was under pressure, the captain used to give the ball to Swann and the off spinner used to deliver, but, Cook can’t do that now and that has made his job a lot harder. There is no doubt in my mind that Swann will be missed immensely in this series.”
After Swann’s departure, England has not managed to find out his replacement so far. In the test series against Sri Lanka, they tried Moeen Ali, but, it was clear that Ali was not posing any threat to the batsmen. He was, in fact, being taken for plenty of runs.
However, it looks like the English selectors and the team management has not got impatient with Ali and they are ready to give him another go against India.
Everybody knows how good the Indian batsmen are against the spinners. Not too many specialist spinners have been able to create impact on the Indians over the years. So, to ask a part time spinner to do a job against them and that too in English conditions is too much to ask for.