The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium has raised few eyebrows as the third test between India & England ended in just two days. England’s captain Joe Root didn’t criticized Narendra Modi’s Stadium wicket directly but his statement after achieving five wickets haul summed up the things.
“I think it sums up the wicket, if I am getting a fifer. Congratulations to Ishant (Sharma) for 100 Tests and (Ravichandran) Ashwin for 400 Test wickets,” he said at the end of the game. Joe Root was all praise for the efforts of England’s batsmen in the first innings as they won the toss & were in command at 74/2 before losing the command over match.
“We were 70 for 2. But we didn’t really capitalise on it. 250 on that wicket would have made it different. We will come back using this hurt and come back as a better team,” the England captain said.
Commenting on the ball quality & how it skidded on making it difficult for the batsmen Joe Root said, “The plastic coating on the ball gathered pace off the wicket. It was high quality bowling as well. Both sides struggled on that wicket. We don’t define ourselves on a performance like this. We shouldn’t have any baggage from the previous games going into the last game. We have seen with the ball in hand, we can pick up wickets.”
On the basis of Brilliant spells of spin bowling from Axar Patel & Ravichandran Ashwin. India registered a spectacular 10 wickets victory over England to go 2-1 up in the four match test series.