India vs England Mumbai Test: M S Dhoni suffers humiliating defeat on spin-friendly track
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In a Test that had been hyped-up to a huge degree by the India captain M S Dhoni reposing full faith in his spinners and batsmen to impose on England a crushing defeat on a spin-friendly pitch, which he had demanded as soon as he won the first Test, the exact opposite of what he planned, happened.
England scored a paltry 57 runs, to ease to 10-wkt confidence-boosting victory vs hosts India in Mumbai Test.
While Cook scored 18, he was ably supported by Nick Compton, who got off to a cracker of an innings, nipping in the bud M S Dhoni's efforts to use spin from the first ball against England in their second innings. He scored 30.
With India all out for 142, England needed just 57 runs to win the Mumbai Test.
A woeful display by India with both bat and ball allowed England to heap humiliation on India by winning the Mumbai Test with ease.
Considering that Dhoni had asked for, and received, a rank spin-friendly pitch, that had all the experts and former players like Steve Waugh saying this was not fair, failure to check the English batting and deal with the slow turners of Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann, led to the infliction of an embarrassing defeat, that too at home.
This has surely put a question mark on exactly how able Indian batsmen are playing against both pace and spin – on current match stats, the answer is clearly negative and cancels out the first Test victory, that was so heavily dependent on Cheteshwar Pujara's double ton and second innings' valuable contribution.
The result would also be sweet victory for former Pakistani spinner Mushtaq, England spin bowling coach, whose inputs ensured this win for England. His tenure in England was not devoid of controversy, but now, all surely must be forgiven and forgotten. The victory itself will be much celebrated by England.