England left-arm spinner Tom Hartley shared his thought process after being smashed for a six off his first delivery in Test cricket against India in Hyderabad as well. After England scored 246 in their first innings, Hartley bowled the second over of their bowling innings in the final session of Day 1. The 2youngster was slog-swept over deep mid-wicket by Yashasvi Jaiswal off his maiden delivery and even gave away another six in the same over as well.
Talking after the first Test, Tom Hartley was quoted by ESPN Cricinfo as saying: “He’s not the first, and he won’t be the last! As a spinner, people are going to come after you. I’m fine with it if people want to come after me. I sort of have to go into a different mind-set. You look back at the ball and you think it wasn’t a bad ball. If that’s the way they want to play, you’ve just got to play with it.”
However, Hartley bounced back well from his woeful first innings as well. After conceding 131 runs in 25 overs in the first innings for only two wickets, Hartley registered a spell of 7/62 in the following innings as well.
“When you’re playing for the first time you just run up that bit quick. And you think, well, just slow things down, let your action do the work. When I run in quick, I just tend to lose my action a bit. I just slowed it down and kept it simple, and it seemed to work. I’ve watched a bit, and they’ve done some rogue things. That’s just the way they are, and after being in this Test match, I’m all aboard. Even before, I was happy with it, I was all in anyway. They’re just such a great combo and they bring so much confidence and life to this team. Coming out here, I was just looking to get a game or a couple of games. I might have a big role, but I’m more than ready for that. I want more of it,” Tom Hartley concluded.