The brilliance of India’s tail-end batsmen has been the greatest asset for them throughout their present Test series against England. The visiting side’s bowlers have greatly stepped up and recovered the team from a compromised position with the bat in the 4 Tests that have passed. While Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami set an uninterrupted 89-run partnership for the 10th wicket in the first Test, Shardul Thakur pushed it forward in the second by getting 2 crucial fifties, setting the stage for a 157-run triumph at The Ova, so English Bowler Mark Wood Reacted on The Tailenders of India.
The England bowling has done the most of the hard work by dismissing the visitors’ top-order batsmen, but they have struggled to silence the tailenders. Fast bowler Mark Wood, who has restored to the side after losing the 4th Test, said it was disappointing to watch the visitors’ tail-end batters play well under the challenging circumstances.
“It is frustrating when the tailenders get runs. Obviously, we got our plans wrong at Lord’s. I feel partly responsible for that. I should be able to get the tailenders out no matter what the plans are. So, that is something I should be doing right if I am bowling here [at Manchester],” Wood said.
I think we managed to wrap things up pretty quickly with the tailenders: Mark Wood
Wood went on to say that in the 5th Test in Manchester, grabbing the wickets of the Indian top-order batsmen as soon as possible seems to be the only option to hold the tailenders calm and have a chance of winning the game.
“At Headingley [third Test], I think we managed to wrap things up pretty quickly with the tailenders. The last game at The Oval…yes it was frustrating, but when you are tired bowling 30 overs and the wicket is pretty flat, it is easy for the tailenders to bat.”
The England speedster also stressed the importance of maintaining the strategy and not letting them make demands.“If we can try to get early wickets, and by the time the tailenders come in, we would be bowling our third, fourth, and fifth spells rather than our sixth, seventh and eighth spells. It does make a huge difference.”
“We just have to remember our plans and how to get them out. They [Indian tailenders] obviously have been working hard on their batting, so it is important to stick to our plans,” Wood Said.