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India defeated England by 10 wickets in the third Test match. The match ended in two days. This is praising Team India in the country and abroad, but at the same time, Motera’s pitch is also being severely criticized. It was even said that BCCI has built the largest cricket stadium in the world but did not know how to make a pitch fit for a test match.
There were apprehensions that the England team and the cricket board there might complain about Motera’s pitch. However, it is a matter of relief that England is not in a mood to make uproar over the pitch. Nor will there be any official complaint about the pitch.
BCCI top official talks with ECB CEO and Chairman
Sources associated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said that a very high-ranking official on the board has spoken to ECB CEO Tom Harris and chairman Ian Watmore after the Test match. Both say that the pitch was not bad. Most batsmen were out on a straight ball and not a turning ball. It could have been better batting on this pitch.
How did 49 runs without losing the wicket if the pitch was bad
An official of the Gujarat Cricket Association termed the pitch criticism as baseless. He told on the condition of anonymity that if the pitch was bad then how did India score 49 runs without losing wickets in the second innings. Apart from this, the Indian team had scored 98 runs for 2 wickets at one time in their first innings. This is not possible on a bad pitch.
Joe Root attributed the ball not the pitch
England team captain Joe Root has also not lost the pitch of defeat. He said after the match that Lacker’s extra layer on the ball caused trouble. He said that because of this the ball was skidding and the off-wicket was coming faster. According to Root, his team should have taken advantage of winning the toss and should have scored above 250 runs in the first innings.
Many legendary cricketers have criticized the pitch
Former England captain Michael Vaughan described the third match pitch as bad for Test cricket. He said that even though the match has been exciting, such pitches are not good for Test cricket. Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh also criticized the pitch. He said that if Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh had got such pitches, they would have taken 1000 and 800 wickets.
Only 387 runs scored in the match
In this Test match, two days of 140.2 overs were played and only 387 runs were scored. 30 wickets fell in the match. Indian spinners took 19 wickets out of England’s 20 wickets.