Former England pacer Derek Pringle expects the Indian spinners to perform much better on suitable home pitches than England’s lone slow bowler of repute, Graeme Swann, over the course of this four- Test series.
Soon after Pringle, here as a journalist, predicted this on Friday, off- spinner R Ashwin and left- armer Pragyan Ojha easily sent back three England batsmen to leave the visitors staring defeat in the face. “ It looks to be a typical Indian pitch to me. It has started pretty bald. In England, we have more grass on pitches; here, they start bare. They are pretty good to bat on the first three days and then they just start crumbling a bit and help the spinners. I expect to see that,” Pringle told MAIL TODAY. “I have never seen a pitch turn a great deal in India. But I have been here only a few times, so we’ll see. This one looks like it’s breaking up, but it looks very slow.”Swann, as expected, was the top English bowler with his 14th five- wicket haul in India’s first innings. “ He is the kind of a bowler who bowls with a good loop and he does get spin, sometimes when others don’t,” he explained. “But I expect certainly all the Indian spinners to get some extra turn on these pitches because they play on them all the time and they put more revolutions on the ball.” On the tight international schedule, Pringle, 54, said that administrators need to think about it again.
“I certainly think they need to look at the amount of cricket played worldwide.
But the thing is that cricket has come to expect a better salary, and all this is funded by television. And the only way television is going to bring in more money into the game is when we give them more cricket. It’s has become a fait accompli,” reasoned the Nairobi- born former player.
Pringle termed Sachin Tendulkar’s 23-year-old Test journey as an “ incredible achievement”. “ His longevity is remarkable. He can work hard and stay dedicated for the sport for that long when travelling is also involved. I take my hat off to him. It’s an incredible achievement,” said the pacer who played against Tendulkar in the 1992 World Cup. “ It’s going to be controversial — for me, he is a fantastic player, but in the years that I’ve watched cricket as a journalist, I would say that Brian Lara is a more naturally gifted cricketer. But obviously in terms of achievements, Sachin is the greatest.”