But, they too could only give consolation. Due to the pressure of the wicket, Ashwin also came down and gave away his wicket. India’s problem is that they are stuck in between not being able to play their regular game and not being able to play an action game. England had this problem in the first innings. In the second innings, both batting and bowling played with their strengths. They were bowling completely tight from stump to stump. There is action in the batting as well. Ally Pope stood up and scored a career-best 196.
The same Ally Pope had scored only 154 runs in 8 innings when he came to India last time. He had fallen to the spinners 6 times in 8 innings. Ashwin took the wicket of Pope. But, this time, Pope was stunned in the first match. ‘India will be one of the most difficult grounds for batsmen to play cricket on. I had a lot of time before this series. I practiced a lot. I changed my techniques a bit.