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Suddenly, Dravid & Co. were facing more questions. rather than answers

The real X-factor, however, came in the form of Ollie Pope’s masterclass after this. There was a clear method to the madness in the way the middle-order batter resorted to sweeps and reverse sweeps to neutralize the Ravi Ashwin-Ravindra Jadeja duo, who had won India countless matches.

When the England camp decided to gather in Abu Dhabi for a 10-day preparation camp, away from the prying eyes of the Indian media, many questioned the wisdom behind the move, but England should have sharpened the their skills in this way of counterattack.

Here’s what player of the match Pope said later: ”If we can play reverse sweeps on their best balls, that leads to shorter balls and half-volleys to score.” Certainly a point to ponder, but what also helped England was the lack of a wrist spinner in the Indian playing XI, despite the form of Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who can turn the ball in both directions. However, India will now have to change their strategy with a double injury blow as Jadeja and senior pro KL Rahul have both been ruled out of the second Test with niggles.

While Jadeja suffered a hamstring injury, Rahul complained of pain in his right quadriceps, so the selectors added Sarfaraz Khan, a prolific scorer on the domestic scene for the past few seasons, left-arm spinner Sourabh Kumar, and Washington Sundar.

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