England vs India 2021: “One Thing That Surprised Us Was”: Paul Collingwood Reveals The Thing Which Got Them Surprised

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Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood

England assistant coach Paul Collingwood was surprised that bowlers were unable to generate swing from the duke ball on Day 3 of the England-India 4th Test match at Kennington Oval, London.

Meanwhile, Day 3 of the Test match saw a batting masterclass of team India. Rohit Sharma delivered an exceptional performance and he scored his first overseas Test century. Also, Cheteshwar Pujara smashed an amazing half-century. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli also looked good while batting.

Craig Overton
Craig Overton and James Anderson after KL Rahul’s wicket. (Image Credit: Twitter)

In a virtual interaction after the third day’s play Paul Collingwood said:

I thought we were very disciplined and stuck to task all day. But one thing that surprised us was the lack of swing from the duke ball,”

Collingwood further added that they thought the ball will get some movement which will trouble Indian batters. However, they were surprised to not get the Swing.

“We all know once there’s some movement in the air, and the wicket with some carry it would trouble the Indian batsmen. So we were pretty surprised and could not get the swing. We tried everything with it, changing the shining side but could not get movement,” he said.

“He’s (Rohit Sharma) got a very good technique”: Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood
Rohit Sharma scored his eighth century overall in Tests. (Image: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma smashed a brilliant 127 off 256 balls, his innings were filled with amazing-looking shots and amazing defense against the English pace battery. He reached his marvelous century smashing a six against Moeen Ali. Meanwhile even Paul Collingwood showered praise on Indian opener, Rohit Sharma and said:

“He’s (Rohit Sharma) got a very good technique. He has played really well so far in the series. We have found in the past he’s quite an attacking batsman. But he has been very watchful in the series. It was hard to create any chances in the series. You got to give him a lot of credit.”

Paul Collingwood also said that the surface at Oval is batting friendly one and they are ready for any target posted by India.

“We have seen throughout the Test series, momentum shifted very quickly. If we can get some movement, we can exploit the conditions and put the middle and tail order under pressure.

“The conditions looked good for batting, so we should not be scared of whatever total they set. Hope we have a good day tomorrow,” he said

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