After the 2011 World Cup victory, he lost eight consecutive Test matches on a tour of England and under the leadership. In 2012, England visited.
On this tour, Aleister Cook was Captain of England. The national team won the first Test match of this series. After losing the first Test in Ahmedabad, England defeated the Mumbai Test (by 10 wickets) and the Test by 7 wickets to win the series 2–1. Nagpur was a draw. It was England’s first Test series win in 27 years. The reason for this 2012 Test victory has been revealed by Mushtaq Ahmed.
In this series, batsmen like England spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, and Cheteshwar Pujara were demolished. After this series victory, Mushtaq Ahmed, who was the spin coach of England, has told about the reasons for winning this series. Mushtaq was on the support staff of England since 2008. He said, ‘The focus was to deal with James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steve Finn. This planning of the team gave an opportunity to Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann to do magic. He said that no Indian batsman tried to sweep the England spinners. Only did this.
He said, ‘And both were playing traditional shots. Mushtaq said, “We won the series in 2012, because we knew how the field is set, at what speed to bowl.” Virat and Dhoni were not sweeping the ball. Only Sachin was doing this. The focus was to face the England seamers, but the spinners stunned them. ‘Graeme Swann took 19 wickets in 4 Tests while Monty Panesar took 17 wickets in three Tests. Panesar took a total of 11 wickets in the second Test of Mumbai. Mushtaq said, ‘Swan and Panesar were closer than R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha in this series. ‘