England batsman Ollie Pope has revealed that India captain Virat Kohli had walked as much as him through the opening Take a look at of the four-match collection and warned “that is the final of the flat wickets” his group would see on the tour.
Beginning the collection on a rousing notice in February, England succumbed to the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel to undergo heavy defeats within the subsequent three Checks.
“Within the second innings the pitch began spinning quite a bit,” Pope mentioned throughout Surrey’s pre-season media day on the Oval, based on ESPNcricinfo.
“I keep in mind standing on the non-striker’s finish and Kohli got here as much as me and mentioned ‘that is the final of the flat wickets’. At that time, I knew it was most likely going to be fairly a difficult remainder of the collection from a batting perspective.”
Having opted to bat first within the collection opener, England put up a mammoth first-innings whole of 578 owing to skipper Joe Root‘s 228. Taking part in in his first Take a look at since dislocating his left shoulder final August, Pope chipped in with 34 from 89 balls.
England gained the match by 227 runs, giving little indication of the struggles that awaited them within the subsequent three Checks. Seasoned campaigners like Root and star all-rounder Ben Stokes felt it was one of many hardest situations to play in, based on Pope.
“Chatting to the extra skilled guys like Joe Root and Ben Stokes, these guys had been just about saying precisely the identical: these are the hardest situations they’ve performed in,” Pope mentioned.
“If these guys are saying it as effectively, you understand how difficult it’s.
“I am not saying (India) felt they needed to produce these wickets, however the reality they’ve gone away from their flat wickets for 3 days, then spin on day 4 and 5, which is usually the theme on the market, it was fairly a praise to us in how we went about our enterprise and a praise to our bowlers.
“That shot us within the foot a little bit bit nevertheless it’s a superb praise to us as a group as a result of they clearly felt they needed to change their gameplan.”
Again for the pre-season coaching with Surrey for subsequent week’s County Championship opener towards Gloucestershire at Bristol, Pope mentioned he’s relieved to be out of the bubble life-style. “The Indian bubble was a fairly powerful one,” he mentioned.
“They had been fairly business-like lodges so there’s not a large quantity happening, there is no actual outside house to get used to, have a run-around or kick a ball round or something regular.
“So being again and strolling to go and get a espresso or something like that, it is simply that little bit of normality that I feel people want, actually.
“It does have its challenges and everybody offers with them in barely alternative ways however it is extremely good to be out of these bubbles and let free a little bit bit.”