Southampton: Duncan Fletcher dealt with the heaviest transition phase in Indian cricket after the retirement of former graduates and he should be given the honor of shaping the attack pace of the current team, the former English opener Nick Compton.
Indian pacers took 19 of the 20 wickets in the Trent Bridge, where India defeated England with 203 points to break the series by 2-1.
Compton is of the opinion that, just as James Anderson and Stuart Broad were accompanied by Fletcher in their formative years, the current fate (Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar) has benefited from the revered coach's input in Zimbabwe.
"The pace attack of India has not suddenly come together, it took time and it happened one by one, because all these bowlers took their time when they got older." India did not have so many pacers at the same time, but now they do it. all (most) of them have ever played under Fletcher, so it's an honor for him This process (of building a pace attack) started a long time ago and it has now come together for India, & # 39; said Compton PTI on Sunday.
When asked what the difference is, he says, "Compton says," The difference with the past is that these bowlers do not compromise on pace, just like James Anderson and Stuart Broad keep the ability to get the ball going. to bring.
"Pace, that's the key word, you have to wonder why Anderson and Stuart Broad have been so successful in their careers: they have a thousand wickets between them in Test cricket because they steer the ball in the right direction and it's no coincidence that they both started their career in England under Duncan Fletcher, "Compton said.
Grandson of the legendary Dennis Compton, the former international believes that the Indian team management must allow other personalities to grow in the locker room, especially the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who could offer a different mood or mindset.
"They (Pujara and Rahane) should be able to grow into stronger personalities in this dressing room Now that Pujara and Rahane have scored points, it will be easier for them India has won in Nottingham and has achieved a good team balance No further reason for change It will be interesting are to see if Virat makes any changes (for the fourth test), "Compton said.
Compton believes that Kohli's over-chopping and changing causes problems for people like Rahane and Pujara.
"But in terms of selection Virat makes too many changes, for example, it was a puzzling decision to leave Pujara from the first test and it showed poor insight from the team management to make that decision possible.
"When Virat makes as many changes as a captain, it may not always be easy for other players, such as Pujara or Rahane, they do not have alpha males, and sometimes they have trouble coping with extreme methods."
However, India will not be easy to make it 3-2, Compton feels.
"I do not think England is yet out of this series and winning three Tests while bouncing here is very difficult for every visiting party, there will be some good, competitive cricket in the remaining matches, but I do not see India winning. the series, "Compton said.
Compton also believes that Joe Root is not a natural No. 3 and that is creating problems.
"The top order is a mess because they do not have their batting order, Joe Root is not a number three hitter and he fails to get his best position, he should hit number four and check the innings He does not have Jasprit Bumrah well addressed.
"Bumrah bowls and moves the ball into batsmen, from that angle." I think someone like Root would be able to work better on his off-stump, but the fact that Bumrah can still cause problems to Root says a lot about his quality. "
Captaincy is also an extra burden, said Compton, who played the last of his 16 tests for England in November 2016.
"I also think that captains charge him a bit, sometimes I think he should be left alone to be England's best hitter, because he sure is, but it's not that England has another option right now You must reconsider their batting order, especially if they do not get a good start.
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