Moeen Ali has revealed that Kumar Dharmasena has transformed his bowling thanks to a little hint he dropped.
According to the Telegraph, the umpire, who played 31 tests for Sri Lanka as a spinner himself, told the England all-rounder to “grab your pocket with your non-bowling arm.”
Speaking to journalist Nick Hoult, Ali said: "I went into the nets and the umpire Kumar Dharmasena was there and I asked him, as a former off-spinner, how could I bowl quicker without it being flat? I didn't want to bowl one-day stuff.
“He said to me: 'Just grab your pocket as quickly as you can with your non-bowling arm.' As soon as I bowled one ball I knew it would work. That, for some reason, allows me to bowl quicker and straighter without being flat.”
Whether this bizarre new method works purely because of psychological reasons remains to be seen. England will not give care too much about it though as his ‘hold the pocket’ method has captured him 19 indian wickets this series.
On Sky Sports during the third test at the Ageas Bowl, Shane Warne described Moeen Ali as, “a little bit better than a part-timer.”
Maybe the Australian legend should eat his words as Moeen is now the fourth most successful spinner in a series against India outside of Asia. This should now enable him to be labelled as a frontline spinner for England.
“I don’t feel that way yet,” he said about the statement. "I feel like I have more control, and that my captain and team-mates can trust me. But I don't want to speak too soon in case I get hammered on Friday but I feel very confident.”
The Indians now do not have the faintest idea what to do with Moeen Ali. MS Dhoni felt that his team paid the spinner too much respect at the Ageas Bowl, so they attacked him in the following test at Old Trafford.
As a result, Ali finished with six wickets in India’s second innings taking the huge scalps of Pujara, Kohli and Dhoni in the process.
He said: "They felt I was an easy target, a guy they could get easy runs from, which has helped me quite a bit. If they attack me, now I'm bowling well, I've got a chance.
"But they're very good players of spin. I don't know how I'm getting these wickets but I'm happy to! I feel like I'm on top and I feel I can get players out."
The final test of the series will start on Friday at The Oval and with England 2-1 up, you feel it is their's to lose.