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England 5-0 India? Monty Panesar fires whitewash warning to Rohit Sharma’s side after Hyderabad Test shocker

New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 30, 2024 07:46 IST

Former England spinner Monty Panesar has fired a warning shot ahead of India’s five-match second series against England, saying the visitors can whitewash India if Ollie Pope and Tom Hartley continue continue to play the way they did in Hyderabad.

England defeated India 28 times in an impressive finish at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad to take a 1-0 lead in their five-match Test series.

Speaking to ANI ahead of the second Test, Panesar said England will vindicate India if Pope and Hartley continue to play the way they did in Hyderabad. Pope scored 196 runs and was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’ while Hartley took seven wickets in the second innings to steer his team to a thrilling win in Hyderabad.

“If Ollie Pope and Tom Hartley continue to play like this it will be a whitewash, it will be 5-0 for England. That can happen if Ollie Pope and Tom Hartley play like this,” Panesar said.

“It was a huge victory, no one even imagined this could happen. Everyone thought England would lose after a deficit of 190 but Ollie Pope had a brilliant innings, one of the best we have seen in a long time and Rohit Sharma was clueless,” Panesar added.

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He went on to say that this was one of England’s most famous victories, adding that it felt like England had won the World Cup. This was only India’s fourth loss in home Test matches in a span of 10 years.

“It was one of the most famous victories that England ever had abroad. This is big news in the UK. It feels like we have won the World Cup,” Panesar said.

England will aim to win their first Test series on Indian soil since the 2012/13 season when Alastair Cook led his side to a 2-1 win over India. Since then, England have lost two Test series in India, losing 0-4 in the 2016/17 season and losing 1-3 in the 2020/21 season.

After the defeat in Hyderabad, the hosts will be keen to bounce back when they take on England in the second match of the series, which will be held at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vizag on February 2.

Published by:

Rounaq Sehrawat

Published on:

January 30, 2024


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