IND vs ENG Test: The Pink Ball test between India and England in Ahmedabad ended in just two days after England struggled to bat against Axar Patel and R Ashwin and got bundled out for 112 and 81 across two innings. The test match lasted not more than 5 sessions as the hosts registered a thumping 10 wickets win over the visitors and this resulted in heavy criticism of the Motera pitch, especially from the English quarters including former England captain Alastair Cook and Michael Vaughan.
Now, former Windies captain and batting legend Vivian Richards has spoken up on the ongoing debate about the Motera pitch. While many former players and cricket analysts have complained about the pitch claiming that it was unfit for a Test match, Sir Vivian Richards has slammed the criticism emphasizing that “All the moaning and groaning has got to stop.”
Richards posted a video on his Facebook page expressing his opinion about the Motera pitch. Here’s the video-
“I’ve been asked questions recently about the Test match that was played in India… the second and third Test match against England. And I am a little confused about the question really because there seems to be a lot of moaning and groaning about the wicket that they were playing on. I just felt that the ones who are moaning, in my opinion, should realize that there are times that you’re going to get a seaming track, a ball that is basically jumping off a good length and everyone thinks that’s a problem for batters. There are times batters sometimes cope with that,” Richards said in the video.
Viv went on to explain that most of the debate surrounding the pitch is because the hosts have pushed England out of their comfort zone. The former Windies captain even said that India should use a similar surface even for the fourth Test starting Thursday, insisting that it is up to England to find a way to deal with it.
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