England secured a 28-run victory over India in the first Test in Hyderabad. Former left-arm spinner Monty Panesar says that Rohit Sharma was clueless in the first Test.
He praises Ollie Pope and debutant Tom Hartley, for their tremendous performance in the first Test. He said if both of them will play similarly for the rest of the series, then England will win the series by 5-0.
It was a ‘big’ achievement for England that took many by surprise
“If Ollie Pope and Tom Hartley continue to play like this it will be a whitewash, it will be 5-0 for England. It can happen if Ollie Pope and Tom Hartley play like this,” Panesar said.
“It can happen. It is a very big victory, no one even imagined this was even possible. Everyone thought that England would lose after a 190 deficit but Ollie Pope had a brilliant inning one of the best innings we have seen in a long time and Rohit Sharma was clueless,” He added.
“India need to stop giving the freedom that the England players are getting. If Virat Kohli was playing he would have been in the faces of these England players and told them ‘Hey, do it again let’s see how good you are’. This is an England team who are not scared of losing, they don’t scare if they lose. In the next four games, they (England) would still play with the fear of failure.” He continued.
“It was one of the most famous victories England have ever produced overseas. This is a big news in England. It feels like we have won the World Cup,” the veteran added.
The former cricketer said the approach of Ben Stoke’s team was fearless in the first Test, and if they play similarly, they will definitely whitewash India.