Veteran England pacer James Anderson commented on India's cautious batting approach in the second innings, suggesting that nerves were visible in their play as they were uncertain about a safe target. India set a target of 399 for England on day three of the second Test, and at tea, they were 227 for six with a lead of 370 runs. However, India only managed to score 28 runs in the final session, and their long tail struggled once again.
Anderson noted the cautiousness in India's approach, stating, "I think the nerves were there to see today, the way they batted, they didn’t know how many was enough. They were quite cautious, even when they had a big lead."
England now needs 332 runs for a record chase in Asian conditions. Anderson, reflecting the team's confidence under Ben Stokes' leadership, mentioned that they would go for the target aggressively. England successfully chased down 378 against India in Birmingham in 2022.
Anderson shared insights into their strategy, stating, "We have set our stall out, tomorrow will be no different, we will play the same way we have played the last two years."
Acknowledging England's aggressive style, Anderson mentioned that their approach has put doubts in the opposition's mind. He highlighted moments in the past two years where teams have reacted to England's style, making them believe they are doing something right.
The 41-year-old pacer, playing his first Test since last July, expressed satisfaction with his performance, stating, "I’m obviously delighted with the five wickets, but I think I’m more pleased with the fact I got through 35 overs in three days."
Anderson also praised the England spin attack, particularly the young spinners, for delivering under pressure. He commended their skill and resilience, highlighting their contribution in restricting India to 253 all-out in the second innings.
(With Agency Inputs)