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England have been the better team in the India series: Vaughan

Last updated on 01 Mar 2024 | 06:56 AM
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England have been the better team in the India series: Vaughan

Michael Vaughan also compared the 20-year-old Shoaib Bashir to legendary off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin

Bazball has been the talk of the town like literally no other thing has existed. After the win in Hyderabad, the very first Test, there was this notion that England’s aggressive gameplay might blow the lids of the Indian side. 

However, that wasn’t the case, with India demonstrating some solid display both in Vishakapatnam and then in Rajkot to completely decimate the visitors. If that wasn’t enough, India also meticulously broke down the English side in Ranchi, where the pitch turned square. 

Despite England being 3-1 down in the series, former England skipper Michael Vaughan said that the Three Lions have been the better team in the series. Not just that, Vaughan also expects England to win in Dharamsala, where conditions are expected to be favourable to the seam bowlers. 

"I think it's going to be a fresh one in Dharamsala, so I expect England to win. They've been the better team in the series, as they were in the Ashes. If you go session by session, England have looked a better team. I'm saying looked a better team, but we don't play series now to win them," Vaughan told Club Prairie Fire's YouTube channel.

What England have done with a young bowling unit is commendable. Prior to this Test series in India, neither Tom Hartley nor Shoaib Bashir had made their Test debuts. They weren’t even in contention to make one. 

But this series and the injury to Jack Leach has led to Bashir making his Test debut, and cementing his place in the national side. Since his debut, the off-spinner has picked up 12 wickets in the series and has done that, averaging 32.83 in his first assignment.

Vaughan didn’t just find it impressive; he also hailed the off-spinner as a world-class superstar, dubbing him the new Ravichandran Ashwin. 

"It's been a fantastic week for English cricket. One of the great weeks, celebrating another world-class superstar that we've unearthed, Shoaib Bashir. That's what we're celebrating," said Vaughan. 

"Second Test match, eight wickets, he's the new Ravi Ashwin, and we've unearthed him. So, we're celebrating a new superstar in English cricket," he added.

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