The pitch in the third test between India & England in Ahmedabad has become a major talking point after the third test match concluded within two days & it was also the major point in India’s Captain Virat Kohli’s press conference ahead of the fourth & final test match of the four match test series which will also be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium at Ahmedabad.
Kohli slams at the criticism of spinning pitches saying that there is “too much noise about spinning tracks”. He was also asked that what should be done to ensure that Test matches don’t end within two-three days & came up with a stern response.
“Do you play the game to win it or to make sure it goes to five days and there is entertainment?” he quipped. Virat Kohli maintained his point that the skill of the batsmen should be looked at more than conditions & said that his team never cribbed while playing on seaming tracks abroad.
“I believe there is too much noise about spinning tracks. Our media should present the view that spinning tracks are fine in the subcontinent,” Kohli said.
“The reason behind our success as a team is that we haven’t cribbed about any surface we have played on. We have always tried to improve,” he continued.
“I am sure even our people never wrote about the pitch when we lost in three days in New Zealand,” the skipper added.
“It has always been the case that spinning tracks are criticized but when the ball seams a lot and teams are bundled out for 40-50, no one talks about it,” the India captain said.
When asked if the test community needed to look at the fact that surfaces generally give home teams an advantage, Kohli said, “Would be lovely if you ask us this when we are on an England, Australia or New Zealand tour, not right after we have won on two spinning tracks at home.”
India is currently leading the Test series with 2-1. The fourth test will start on 4th March, Thursday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.