Monday, Oct 03, 2022

Dropped chances set the tone, says Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali refused to be critical of his Indian counterparts and said England's batsmen had rather handled them better.

Moeen Ali, Moeen Ali rajkot test, Moeen Ali runs, Moeen Ali century, Moeen Ali bowling, India vs england, ind vs eng, Indian batting order, cricket, cricket news, sports, sports news Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes completed their hundreds on the second day as England piled up 537 runs in their first innings after winning the toss. (Source: Reuters)

If England have reached a commanding position in the first Test, the dropped catches have contributed immensely, said England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who himself struck a century. Indian fielders dropped three chances in the first hour of the match yesterday and today also Ben Stokes was dropped twice (on 60 and 61) by Wriddhiman Saha off Umesh Yadav. Stokes went on to get highest score for England in the first innings with his 128-run knock.

Ali said it was nothing new in the game but surely it helped them.

“We have done that before a few times also. It can happen in cricket. But it set the tone for the rest of the day. We had a decent start at the end and it could have been lot different if those catches were taken. But these things happen and I am sure the guys will be working very on that,” Moeen said at a press conference.

The left-handed batsman said the bounce on the SCA track will get lower and batting will be more difficult now.

Subscriber Only Stories
Re-Defining The Tradition In Folk Art: An Art Educator’s PerspectivePremium
Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences (SSSS) launches undergraduate program...Premium
MIT World Peace University launches Five-Year Integrated B.Tech with MBA ...Premium
Bring Home The Ultimate Solution For The Whole Family With Airtel Xstream...Premium

“The bounce, I think is going to get little bit lower. The cracks are opening up a little bit. There was also a bit more spin as you saw tonight. It’s a very good pitch, yesterday and today was very nice. I think the bounce will be a problem,” said Ali.

India vs England stats, Ind vs Eng stats, Ind vs Eng 2016 statistics, Ben Stokes, Ben Stokes stats, Ben Stokes statistics, Stokes stats, Stokes statistics, Sports Ben Stokes’ first hundred vs India was his fourth in the format. (Source: Reuters)

Ali, who was on 99 at stumps yesterday, said he had slept well last night.

“I slept really well. I knew I had to get only one more run. I was fine,” said the Asian origin player.


“There was no spin yesterday and today only towards the end there was a bit of spin. The good thing is we made them bowl a lot of overs. I think we are pleased with the way we played spin.

“I know there wasn’t much spin but we didn’t just prod around. We used our feet, went back and forth and took the attacking option. I think the wickets are going to get tougher through the series,” he added.

Ali, who made 117, said compared to the wickets in Bangladesh the track here at the SCA Stadium was a batting paradise.


“The wickets are completely different. Bangladesh wickets were very tough and this wicket, compared to those wickets, was an absolute belter. The pitches are going to get tougher here and we know that.”

He said a change in mentality was the reason for his recent success with the bat.

India vs England 2016, Ind vs Eng 2016, India England Rajkot Test, Rajkot Test India England, Sourav Ganguly, Ganguly India England, Sourav Ganguly India, Cricket News, Cricket India struggled with the ball as England went on to score 537 in the first innings. (Source: PTI)

“I used to give away my wicket a few times. Last few months, I came to bat at number three and really taken the responsibility as a batsman. Last winter obviously I didn’t play that well. I worked hard on my batting this summer.

“I was working hard in the nets. Hopefully you will see the results. The roles we play in this side are very important for the team. In this series I will have to bowl spin and do the batting as well. My aim is to always bat 200 balls and if I can bat 200 balls then I will score a hundred,” he said,

He also praised the innings of Ben Stokes who made 128 the innings’ highest score.


“We are going to see so much of him with different kind of innings. We have seen him grind out a hundred as well and also play smart innings. I think today was perfect where he chanced his arm a bit. When you play with that freedom and that sort of fearless approach and he is becoming a fantastic all-rounder.”

First published on: 10-11-2016 at 08:05:32 pm
Next Story

NGT raps Delhi govt for not installing air filters in schools

Latest Comment
Post Comment
Read Comments