Don't blame the pitch: Graeme Swann

Somya Kapoor

Somya Kapoor

Author| Feb 26, 9:09 AM

Photo Credits: Twitter/BCCI
Photo Credits: Twitter/BCCI

The third Test between India and England in Ahmedabad ended within two days with the hosts etching the win by 10 wickets. Axar Patel scalped a total of 11 wickets in the match while R Ashwin picked up seven. 

For England, it was Jack Leach and Joe Root in the first innings who shared a total of 9 wickets between them. 

The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium has now attracted a lot of controversy. While few of the former cricketers criticised the track, Graeme Swann and ex-Indian skipper skipper Sunil Gavaskar suggested that it was a batting failure that led to an early conclusion of the match. 

“If England batsmen are honest with themselves and don’t blame the pitch or the third umpire, at least nine to ten dismissals shouldn’t have got Test batsmen out,” Swann told in a post-match discussion on Star Sports.

“You have to advance down the track. Use your feet. Also, be prepared to go right back. In turners, you have to move both ways.” Gavaskar said. 

With this win, India now lead the four-match series 2-1 and have moved to the top of the World Test Championship points table. They would now either need to win or draw the final Test against England to make a place in the final of the WTC.

New Zealand are already in the final of the tournament. If India loses the fourth Test against England then it would be Australia who will be locking horns with te Blackcaps at Lord’s in the summit clash. 

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