Indian spinners buckled under pressure of expectations: Raman


"Spinners did the job with the bat too...Ashwin got a 60, otherwise India would have been rolled out sooner. There was a talk about 270 being a great score on that track (Wankhede) which was rubbish," he said.

The former India player expected a better performance from the spinners in Kolkata, but said the the turn or bounce at the Eden Gardens pitch would not be the same as was the case with the Wankhede wicket.

"Basically it is a case of having patience. On such a track you need to be patient and keep at it at all the time. I think they will bowl better in Eden, but the only problem is they may not get the turn or bounce of the Wankhede." Raman said Harbhajan might have been underutilised at Mumbai as India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not used to playing with three frontline spinners.

"It's about captain taking a call at the time as to who would do the job for him. Sometimes these things happen.

Our captain is used to handling 2 spinners and 2 pacemen all the time. When there are 3 spinners on a turner there is the chance that somebody would bowl less overs." Raman praised English skipper Cook for the manner in which he has played the spinning ball.

"Cook is playing with the right manner. He's always playing for the turn against the off-spinners which means when it turns he is there and when it straightens he is not going to be in any problem.

"Secondly it is not easy for an off-spinner to bowl a straight ball on a turner. It takes a lot of skill. That means he is already made the off-spin bowlers think about bowling the 'doosra' or the 'carrom' ball, or whatever else, a lot more than what they would do otherwise," he said.

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