‘ Mumbai loss has set up series’


Former player and chairman of the national selection committee Kiran More feels England’s win in Mumbai has set up the four- Test series against India nicely and it will raise the interest of the fans.

“As a cricket fan I would be happy to see the series being levelled and Test cricket getting popular with such results. It’s very good to see Test matches producing results,” More told MAIL TODAY in an interview, referring to the dwindling spectator interest in the five-day format globally.

To make himself amply clear, More further explained: “The series has become more interesting now. We will get a fair idea in the next two matches where the Indian team will stand in the future.” More was referring to the transition time Indian cricket is going through. Batting stalwarts Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman have retired and the batting line-up no more bears the formidable look it used to when the two were part of it.

Although Cheteshwar Pujara has shown signs of taking up the responsibility , it is still early days before he could be considered to have firmly stepped into Dravid’s huge shoes.

“India thought they would win the Mumbai and take a 2-0 lead. It happened otherwise. But it happens sometimes. The retaining of the team is a cautious move as if anything drastically goes wrong now in the last two matches, in Kolkata and Nagpur, some changes could be made,” he felt.

More supported the decision of the five- member selection committee to retain the team. “ This way the team wouldn’t panic. Changes would have shattered the team. They are taking no chances,” he said.

More also opined that Indian fans are worried about Sachin Tendulkar’s poor run of scores because they adore him, and that the issue of his impending retirement should be best left to him and the national selectors.