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Monty Panesar says -‘India may face a big challenge in Headingley’

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Monty Panesar says -'India may face a big challenge in Headingley'

Former England spinner Monty Panesar feels that India may be challenged at Headingley as it is the home ground of England skipper Joe Root and the explosive Jonny Bairstow.

He added, if India bowl well, Panesar feels they are the favorites to win the series. M Siraj has been the most impressive among the Indian pacers.

Monty Panesar said that if India is successful in getting rid of Joe Root early, they can win the Headingley Test.

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“Headingley is the home ground for Joe Root and also Jonny Bairstow. India played really outstanding cricket in the Lord’s Test, but they may face a big challenge in Headingley. If India continues to bowl like this, they will go on and win the series.

“India are favorites to win the Headingley Test only if they get Joe Root out early. Siraj is the biggest difference for them. Siraj has made things difficult for England in the series so far. England batsmen are finding it difficult to read Siraj well.”

What spurred the Indian players in the Lord’s Test was England’s tactic of having a go at Jasprit Bumrah. The speedster had peppered James Anderson with a number of short-pitched deliveries when the latter walked out to bat.

So when Bumrah came to the crease, Joe Root and his men decided to return the favor. They even began sledging Bumrah and that got the best out of the Indian team.

“Virat Kohli would want his players to go hard at the English batsmen in Headingley. That’s the approach he would be going with. The Indian team would want the confrontation and drama.”

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