English Players Controversy on Motera Pitch - Retort


The third test between India and England, which commenced on the 24th of February, at Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, witnessed the world's shortest ever test match since 1935. The unbelievably low scoring match came to an end even before the conclusion of the second test day. The wicket at Ahmedabad proved to be very helpful for spinners, giving a huge competitive advantage to India with the presence of spin trio Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel and Washington Sundar. A total of 19 wickets out of 20 of England were taken out by these three spinners.


This stadium witnessed its first ever international match, which gave the current as well as former English players to take up controversies regarding the curating of the pitch at Motera. Several English players were found to speak against the pitch curators. Their take was that a test match wicket must not be so much bowler oriented that the match gets over in 2 days. According to them, India has prepared its pitches in their favour, making the pitches of Chennai(2nd test), as well as Ahmedabad, great for spinners.


Now for the perfect opposition of these lame controversies, what is the matter of controversy here if spinners get wicket? There are hundreds of test match instances in which swing bowlers have bowled out innings for less than 50 runs. Isn't that a problem? In the 1st test match between England and New Zealand at Lords in 2013, New Zealand was all out for only 68 runs in 22 overs, giving Stuart Broad 7 wickets and James Anderson 2 wickets. So wasn't that match a curator's fault where the pitch was so green to get meters of swing? Then what is the problem if spinners, with their hard work, are able to get all of the wickets in a test match. There are several more instances where England on its home ground has taken down the batsmen with their deathly swing bowling on green and swinging pitches.


Moreover, the pitch at Motera wasn't spinning like that of Chidambaram Stadium at Chennai. Still most of the batsmen, including Indian team got out in playing the straight bowl as if it would turn. More or less, after such a turning pitch of Chennai, there was a fear of spin in the minds of the players which led them to play unforeseen strokes to get themselves out. There was a mistake by the English Skipper to not take Dom Bess in his squad. With such a great spinner at their side, it was not a proper analysis of the pitch done by the Skipper.


So we reach to a conclusion that however a pitch may be, it must be ultimately cricket that must win. The one who gives his best takes the game. I agree that there are conditions due to which the result may differ, but these condition also change and at the end everyone gets the chance to showcase their abilities, be it bowlers, batsmen or even fielders. We've always been a great fan of English swing bowling attack, now with such an outstanding performance of the spinners out there, its the time to appraise the Indian spin attack as well.

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