Mumbai: Graeme Swann is relishing bowling in tandem with Monty Panesar. The two picked up nine wickets in India’s first innings and the off-spinner is hoping they will experience a victory this time.
“We enjoy playing together but our record as a team hasn’t been that successful when we have done so… We are looking to change that,” Swann said. “I’m a big advocate of playing two spinners. I love playing with Monty… I grew up with him at Northamptonshire.
“I love it when he takes a wicket. That face like a man possessed when he got Sachin Tendulkar out on Day I… I have never seen a man so wound up in my life.”
Swann prefers the Wankhede pitch to the one they played on in Ahmedabad. “Even though there is turn and bounce it is a very nice wicket to bat on… It is going to start spinning more but good Test pitches should do that.
“This pitch is better to bowl spin on than last week. There is more bounce in the pitch. We are used to more bounce so maybe it evens the teams out a bit. But we are not at a stage of the game where we can say we will win this one. The main thing is we are in a good position.”
Swann became the first English off-spinner to complete 200 Test wickets when he dismissed Harbhajan Singh. “Five years ago I wouldn’t have dreamt of taking 200 wickets… The change at the top was just at the right time for me.”
Swann was obviously referring to Andy Flower taking over as team director.
He was all praise for Cheteshwar Pujara. “He’s been the stand out performer for India so far. He uses his feet very well and plays each ball on its merits.
“I think the runs he scored tells its own story. It’s nice to finally dismiss him. It doesn’t usually take us three innings of a Test series to get anyone out, but now that we have done it, hopefully we have a finger on it.”