Giving his views on the debate over of the nature of Chennai pitch, England’s spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel has said that balls spin in subcontinent and “it’s just cricket in different parts of the world”.
R Ashwin scored a hundred after taking a five-for on a whicket which has been termed as ‘unplayable’ by some (ICC Image)
- England spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel said that everyone knows that the ball spins in subcontinent
- Former cricketers including Mark Waugh has called Chennai pitch “unacceptable at Test match level”
- Ashwin scored a hundred before taking a five-for against England in the ongoing Test
The raging debate over the wicket for the 2nd Test between India and England in Chennai seems to be cooling down now. The debate saw former cricketers including Mark Waugh and Michael Vaughan term the Chepauk track as “unacceptable” at Test match level.
But some good batting display by India and then very mature words from England spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel has brought the focus back on the skill sets of the players of the two teams.
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who registered his 29th five-wicket haul during the first innings of England, scored a hundred on the third day of the Test to silence the critics who lost their cool after as many as 15 wickets fell on Day 2.
After the end of day’s play, Jeetan Patel was asked for his views on the Chepauk surface. The former spinner said that as a playing group England were aware that the ball spins in the subcontinent, adding that the same can be an “educational thing” for someone outside the group. He also stated that ball seams for a long in a country like England and that “it’s just cricket in different parts of the world”.
“I think everyone coming to the subcontinent knows that it’s going to spin. In Sri Lanka the ball spun from ball one. So, I think we understand that as a playing group, maybe it’s an educational thing to someone outside the group. Subcontinent wicket spin, they don’t seam around as much, the ball gets soft quickly and doesn’t swing that much. This one accelerated a bit quickly but we are playing in the subcontinent. Just like teams come to England or go to other places in the world where it seams around for too long. It’s just cricket in different parts of the world,” Jeetan Patel said in a virtual press conference.
Chasing a target of 482 runs England were 3 down on 53 when stumps were called on Monday.