WV Raman on the spin effect
Former opener W V Raman attributed the dismal performance of India's spin trio to the burden of expectations yesterday.
Raman said he believed that India’s spinners succumbed to the pressure of expectations in the second Test against England, which culminated in an embarrassing 10-wicket loss for the hosts.
“A lot of pressure was on them as a reverse in India is not expected, especially on a turner. All put together, the pressure did them in a bit,” Raman said.
“What adds to pressure is the lack of runs on the board. I think that is a big difference. If you actually dissect the performance of the spinners, once they got the breakthrough (England captain Alastair Cook’s wicket) when (Kevin) Pietersen and Cook were playing, they rolled them out quickly after that. The big difference was that (Cook-Pietersen) partnership. We did not put enough runs on the board,” Raman pointed out.