Moeen Ali, the England off-spinner marked his return to Test cricket against India. He last featured in whites for the national side in 2019 Ashes. The off-spinner marked a good comeback as he took a four-wicket haul. Meanwhile, he accepted the fact that Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara didn’t allow him to gain his rhythm early in the game.
Moeen Ali took a four-wicket haul in both the innings of the game respectively. He took important wickets of Ajinkya Rahane (twice), Virat Kohli in the respective innings. He will be happy with his performance. But it was not an easy task to come for Moeen Ali and take four-for in the game.
Moeen Ali Says It Was Difficult To Bowl Against Rohit Sharma And Cheteshwar Pujara
During an interaction, Moeen Ali said that he bowled really well on Day-3. However, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara didn’t allow him to get settled directly in the game. Also, Ali looked optimistic that he could have done better if he would have played practice matches. Ali added that bowling in the games is very different from bowling in the nets.
“Yesterday I felt I really bowled well. They didn’t let me settle, Rohit and Pujara played me particularly well and never let me bowl the way I wanted to bowl. Getting four wickets was nice though and I know that had I played the practice games I would’ve done better,” Ali told.
“Virat is a brilliant player of spin, to get him out was great. It was a nice ball. The preparation has been tough. I didn’t play any games because I ripped my finger and bowling in games is different from bowling in the nets,” he stated.
“I think we just need to fight, it is going to be tough for us to win or draw this game. We need to show some fight with the ball and the bat. The difference between the two sides was Rohit’s innings and he just took it away from us,” Moeen added.