Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has attributed the home conditions for the team's unassailable 3-0 series lead in the ongoing five-match series against England. This is the same inexperienced Indian side that lost the ODI series in England last month but has turned things around in a matter of weeks.
"Indian players have been brought up playing in these conditions, and so, they are looking a much better side here, whereas England played a different brand of cricket in their own backyard, which they are unable to produce here," the former chairman of selectors told MiD DAY yesterday.
Vengsarkar felt that the English attack has looked ordinary on Indian conditions. "English bowlers were looking dangerous when they were bowling on English pitches but here they are looking just ordinary. For the batsmen also, it was easier to pile on India's agony (in England), but things are not working for them here," Vengsarkar said.
He also credited the influx of youngsters in this Indian squad that goes into tomorrow's match here at the Wankhede Stadium having already clinched the series. "Youngsters are giving their best to utilise the opportunity they have got and that is helping India to turn the tide. The likes of Umesh Yadavs and Vinay Kumars have tried their best to use the home advantage," he said.
Power of youth
Former India coach and opener Anshuman Gaekwad also felt that the infusion of young blood is the reason for the change in fortunes. "Virat (Kohli), Suresh (Raina), (Ravindra) Jadeja, (Ajinkya) Rahane have shared the responsibility which is a good thing," he said.