The Team India Update And The Monty Panesar Statement- The pitch for the third Test match between Indian and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad is again in the discussion. The Test match ended within two days, and it turned out to be the shortest Test match since the Second World War as it lasted only 842 balls. Now many people are complaining about the nature of the pitch. The ball was turning right from Day 1.
However, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin have defended the pitch. They had been stating that the batsmen from both sides lacked the intent and skills to score runs. In short, the highlighted the fact that the batting was poor on this surface.
On the other hand, former England cricketers like Michael Vaughan is fuming with the pitches offered. Monty Panesar is also not happy with the pitch. He said that the biggest stadium in the world deserves longer Test matches. He also compared this match to club cricket in England. That is where a team gets dismissed for a total of less than 100.
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“It was like playing club cricket on a Saturday in England. When we play club cricket, we will bowl a team out for under 100, and then it is difficult to chase because it is a turning pitch. I think being the biggest stadium in the world, Narendra Modi Stadium deserves longer Test matches because people want to see how good the wicket is, you look at the stadium, beautiful views, and what an amazing stadium India has produced.”
“It does not deserve a two-day Test match that is under 900 balls, you might just play in a park if you are going to play this type of cricket.”
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Monty Panesar even said that the ICC should regulate this matter and deduct points if the pitch is the same for the fourth and final Test. Few people also complained about the pitch turning in Chennai. Panesar compared the Ahmedabad pitch to Chennai and called it ‘worse’.
“I think if the next Test match (fourth match, the current one) is the same, then yes. The ICC should take action and dock points. There is no doubt that the fans are delighted that cricket has now got the biggest stadium in the world. Keeping that in mind, the least that the curator should have produced was a good wicket. That is even if it is a turning wicket. There were already complaints about Chennai. This was even worse than that.”
Update On The Fourth Test Match Between Team India And England
India has the advantage at the end of Day 2 of the fourth Test match. They have a lead of 89 runs already, with three wickets in hand. If they can add another 50 runs or more, they will surely have the advantage in this game and the series. Their focus is to reach the final of the ICC World Test Championship.
Team India is focused at present to win. A win or a draw will help them reach the final where they will face off against New Zealand. Let’s wait and watch what will happen in this game next.