India vs England: Moeen Ali - No more a part-time spinner

Zee Media Bureau/ Suyash Srivastava

New Delhi: James Anderson and Stuart Broad – two of world`s most lethal swing bowlers have often troubled the Indian batsmen with their line and length, and swing while playing in England. But this time around, surprisingly, Indian batsmen have thrown away their wickets to Moeen Ali – who has already 19 wickets to his name in the five-match series, just two short of leading wicket taker Anderson (21).

Moeen Ali has eased the pressure off Alastair Cook, as the hosts were hunting for a genuine spinner after losing the second Test at Lord`s. How desperate was their concern, was evident from the fact that they brought Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan, who had made a forgettable Test debut against the Aussies last year, into the scheme of things.

But Ali`s form has come as a huge relief for Cook, who now relies on him to get wickets every now and then. When you see Ali bowl, it isn`t that he turns the ball a lot, but his line and length has been impeccable, as a result of which the most established Indian batsmen now look vulnerable against him.

Ali now not only gets wickets for his skipper at regular intervals, but his quota of overs proves to be a much-needed break for the English seamers.

Ali, who slammed his debut Test ton against England`s recently-concluded Test series against Sri Lanka, is yet to find his form with the bat. But even if he doesn`t, England would be very proud of their off-spinner, who is for sure no more a part-timer.