The pitch for the third Test between India and England at the newly-built Motera stadium, now renamed Narendra Modi Stadium, continues to remain the center of every cricket-related debate. India defeated England by 10 wickets inside two days to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. In the post-World War II era, the Ahmedabad Test between India and England was the shortest in terms of the total number of balls bowled at 842. Virat Kohli and Co put in a dominating performance with the ball to win the pink-ball Test inside first two days. Several cricketers, including India’s ace spinner Harbhajan Singh and former batsman VVS Laxman, said that the turning Motera pitch, on which the third Test was played, was not ideal for Test cricket. Also Read - IPL 2021: Harbhajan Singh Gets Maiden KKR Cap, Debuts Against SRH in Chennai
“It was not an ideal pitch for a Test match and even India collapsed – to 145 in their first innings,” former India batsman Laxman said. Also Read - IPL 2021: Sanju Samson, Rahul Tewatia Are Capable of Being Outstanding Performers at International Stage, Says Kumar Sangakkara
Harbhajan, one of the four members of the Indian 400 Test wicket club, also felt the same. “It is not an ideal pitch. India would also have been in trouble if England had scored 200 in their first innings. But it (the pitch) is the same for both sides,” said the 40-year-old off-spinner. Also Read - MS Dhoni Has to Take Call on His Batting Order: Sunil Gavaskar After CSK Suffered Defeat to Delhi Capitals
Two-time World cup winner – Yuvraj Singh also expressed his views on the pitch after 17 wickets fell on Day 2 of the day-night Test. He took a sly dig at the nature of the pitch and said he isn’t sure if such surfaces are good for Test cricket. Yuvraj added that had the likes of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh bowled on the pitches which we have seen in the ongoing India vs England Test series, they would’ve taken 1,000 and 800 wickets respectively.
“Finished in 2 days Not sure if that’s good for test cricket !If @anilkumble1074 and @harbhajan_singh bowled on these kind of wickets they would be sitting on a thousand and 800? However congratulations to India @akshar2026 what a spell! congratulations @ashwinravi99 @ImIshant,” Yuvraj tweeted.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan mocked the Motera surface in a tweet. “If we are going to see these pitches … I have an answer to how it could work … Give the Teams 3 innings !!! #INDvENG,” he wrote.