England has won test series against India multiple times in the past. To be precise, three times since India became independent. The first series win for England against India at its home came in 1976-77 when it won three matches out of the four. Then in 1984-85 series, England again won two out of the three matches claiming the series victory. The last test series win for England against India at its home came only a decade ago when it came to touring the sub-continent nation on 2012-13. There was one thing common between all the tours and series when India lost against England at home; it was that it got out-spinned.
India’s Battle Against Spin
England has only been able to defeat India at its home when it used its spin attack well. In the 2012-2013 series, Monty Panesar dominated India; in 1984-85, it was Phil Edmonds, and in 1976-77 it was Derek Underwood.
Another interesting thing to note is that in all the four tours of India since 2000, it was only once that England didn’t bring a left-arm spinner in the squad. In the 2016-17 tour, India registered its best series win ever at home by winning all four games against England. During this tour, England had trusted Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid with the spin attack. However, both the traditional leggies failed to make an impact in any way whatsoever.
Karun Nair, a young batsman at the time, scored 300 runs in one of the matches where KL Rahul managed to score 199 as well.
Will Jack Leach be the Answer for England?
Jack Leach, a left-arm spinner, is going to go against India this time. He has had a good time in International cricket since the time England won the Ashes series of 2019. Along with Jack Leach, there is another spinner called Dom Bess.
Bess is an off-spinner who showed that he could turn the ball really good with control when England went against Sri Lanka just a month ago. As for Leach, he is not a very big turner of the ball. Most of his balls are straight but are pitched in the correct line and length.
England has put a lot of faith on these two bowlers to send them to India against a quality batting attack. Indians are known for handling spin well. Especially after a test series win against Australia, India will be pumped up to go against England.
Virat Kohli has been the target for a lot of left-arm spinners most of the time. But he is known for improving his short-comings, and he will be determined to dominate England with his finesse and class whenever he gets the opportunity.
India has world-class spinners such as Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, and more in the attack. So it won’t be just India looking out for the spinners, but also England, who will look to avenge its last series loss this time.