India, who lost the first Test by 227 runs, cruised to a resounding win over Joe Root‘s men to level the four-match Test series 1-1. The third Test will now be played in Ahmedabad from February 24 which will be a day and night affair.
Snape, an off spinner, was part of the England squad that travelled to India in 2002 under the captaincy of Nasser Hussain. In the series, Snape scalped the prized wickets of India batting stalwarts Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. He was also part of the England side in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
Timesofindia.com caught up with Snape to talk about the ongoing India vs England Test series, Yuvraj Singh‘s six sixes off Stuart Broad, his memories vs India, Virat the captain and much more…
Former England cricketer Jeremy Snape.
After winning the first Test, what went wrong for England in the second one in Chennai?
They were outclassed by Rohit, Virat, Ashwin and others who played with mastery in favourable local conditions
Do you think England should have included Dom Bess in the second Test and played three specialist spinners?
Always hard to go back and pick a different team with hindsight – England were outplayed and I don’t think Bess would have changed the result. India showed their firepower in the second Test and it’s now up to England to respond.
Going into the third Test, what will be your advice to Joe Root? What playing XI changes do you see the visitors making?
Dom Bess will come back in for Moeen Ali and Andersen’s swing / reverse swing could be important.
Is Joe Root and England going to miss Moeen Ali a lot?
It’s a pity that he’s not available after having a really good game in the 2nd Test, but England will need to rely on other players for the 3rd test.
How highly would you rate R Ashwin’s performance? Is he the best spinner in the world currently?
Ashwin’s performance was incredible. He is a master of his craft and a delight to watch. In those conditions, he was too hot to handle.
Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, lost the first Test in Australia and then lost the first Test in Chennai. Do you think he was under pressure?
Virat is a passionate leader and I’m sure he hates losing. I know the Indian public has very high expectations of their team and their captain, but he holds himself to very high standards personally, so he’ll put himself under massive pressure too and he’ll be pleased to get back to winning ways.
Virat Kohli. (BCCI Photo)
Who do you think is a better Test captain – Virat Kohli or Ajinkya Rahane?
It’s hard to compare them in just a handful of games – each has its own style and personality. Rahane is cool and calm and Virat is simmering with passion and ambition. The great positive for India is that they have two world-class leaders who have shown that they can back each other up when needed.
Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes has been very good in the Test series. His behind the stumps has been applauded by many. Should England stick with Foakes in Tests ahead of Bairstow?
Foakes was amazing and in such testing pitch conditions, specialist keepers show their class. When the conditions won’t spin and bounce so much then you can look to all-rounders. Foakes has given the England selectors a headache because not only did he keep amazingly but he also batted beautifully as well.
For India, Rishabh Pant has done a good job as a wicketkeeper and a batsman. Is Pant maturing with age?
Pant is a wonderful talent – he is in the raw upswing of his career and it’s exciting to watch. As he delivers more, people will expect more so the question is – can he keep that youthful exuberance?
Is Pant the best man to keep wickets for India in all three formats?
You were part of England’s ICC World T20 squad in 2007. What was that experience like?
It was great to be part of the World T20 tour of South Africa – I played against the hosts at Newlands which was a real treat as it’s one of my favourite grounds in the world.
Yuvraj Singh hammered 6 sixes off Stuart Broad in that tournament in Durban. What was the England dressing room atmosphere like after that game? What was Broad’s reaction after the match?
Stuart was obviously shocked by the events in Durban, but he worked hard on his bowling and showed great character – that’s what’s made him one of the world’s best bowlers. I captained him for Leicestershire as he made his debut and you could see that he had an old head on young shoulders. I interviewed him for my podcast.
You played 10 ODIs for England and 4 of them were vs India. You dismissed Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar in the Chennai ODI in 2002. Did you have any interaction with the two batting stalwarts after the match?
Yes, I asked Sachin to sign something for me as a keepsake. I’m sure it’s the last thing he wanted to do after being dismissed by me but he did it and I still have it today.
Your best career moment?
Dismissing Sachin Tendulkar LBW in front of a very noisy Indian crowd. Firstly I couldn’t believe he missed the ball and secondly I couldn’t believe the local umpire gave him out.