India’s Left arm spinner Axar Patel on Wednesday said that his plan was to bowl wicket-to-wicket on a “skidding” Motera Pitch which proved beneficial for Axar who successfully picked 6 wickets for 38 runs on the Opening Day of the third Test match in Ahmedabad.
Axar Patel & Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin exploited the turning Motera pitch at the newly inaugurated Narendra Modi Stadium to the fullest to wrap up England’s innings for 112 runs in their first innings in just 48.4 overs as England opted to bat first. Axar Patel registered his second five wickets haul in the third test while Ashwin scalped three wickets.
“When things are going for you, you need to capitalize. My aim was to bowl wicket to wicket and use the help on offer. In Chennai, the ball wasn’t skidding. But here it was skidding which resulted in more LBW decisions,” Axar said at the press conference after the day’s play.
“The pink ball had more glare, so it was skidding more after pitching. I got more skid on this wicket than Chennai.”
Axar Patel said that he was confident of performing well after his good performance in the second tets match in Chennai where he picked up a five wicket haul in his debut match.
“I didn’t expect to pick six wickets on the opening day but obviously, I was confident after picking up five wickets in Chennai,” he said.
“The Chennai performance gave me confidence that I can do well with pink ball and if the wickets supports, I can put the batsmen under difficulty.”
He further revealed that in contrary to their expectations, the ball was not turning much & that’s why he & Ashwin concentrated on bowling at the stumps. Axar Patel said that as Ball was skidding more he focused on under cutting his deliveries. “The wicket was skidding so I was focusing more on under-cutting the ball. I tried to bowl a lot faster so that I can take more advantage with the new ball,” he said.