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Parthiv Patel will come out to bat in the middle-order and look to carry on from where he left at Mohali AFP

Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel insisted that the quality of India‘s bowling is “far better” than that of the England as the home team bowlers are not dependent on pitch conditions alone. Leading 2-0 in the five-match series, India made a strong reply with the bat to be well placed at 146 for one after off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up yet another five-wicket haul on Day Two of the fourth Test at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. England started the day at 288 for 5 and eventually bundled out for exactly 400.

Had it not been England’s shorter format vice-captain and wicketkeeper-batsman, Jos Buttler’s 76, visitors would have fallen short of the 400-run mark. Nonetheless, India only lost a wicket in form of opener KL Rahul before stumps. They are, however, still trailing England by 254 runs and will have to start afresh to make further inroads in their first innings. However, hosts’ wicketkeeper-batsman stated his side is very well placed in the game. Parthiv also went onto praise opener and 32-year-old Murali Vijay and termed him as a ‘quality player’.

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Speaking on his side’s bowlers, “More than the surface, the quality of (our) bowlers is far better, our bowlers definitely have more revolution on the ball than what their spinners are doing and obviously we vary pace very well. We deceive a lot of players in the air, rather than just get help from the wicket. There is a definite difference between the quality for sure.”

Parthiv added, “That’s what even I felt in the last game also (in Mohali). The way our bowlers bowled in Mohali, where there was no turn and you could see how well they bowled in Mohali when we were batting second. We definitely have traditional bowlers who can vary their pace, and that’s what Ashwin, Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) and Jayant (Yadav) have been doing and that is the reason we have kept them quiet.

After Ashwin took two more wickets today to return with innings figures of 6 for 112, Murali Vijay (70 batting) and Cheteshwar Pujara (47 batting) led a solid Indian reply to England’s first innings 400 all out with a 107-run stand for the unbroken second wicket.

“On a red-soil wicket it is very difficult to contain scoring rate and we did that yesterday in the second session and we got wickets in the third season,” Parthiv added. The wicketkeeper said the hosts are very well placed in the game. “I think we are in a very good position at the moment”, claimed Parthiv.

With tail-enders playing (well) they (England) were lucky to get to 400. We could have got them out for 375, but at the end of the day we are very well placed (at 146 for 1),” the pint-sized Gujarat player at the Wankhede Stadium.

Talking about his opening partner from Mohali Test, Parthiv said, “He played brilliantly. We had a couple of net sessions and he looked really good. It is just about the good mindset and he was very confident about it. Obviously, he had two-three dismissals, where he got out to short balls. He left it alone and that is the reason why he is one of the quality players and has got runs in international cricket in the last one and half years. And that’s what an international batsman could do. He went out there and backed himself to get lot of runs,” concluded Parthiv.