2nd Test: We don’t complain on tours about seaming wickets, England should change their mindset too- Axar Patel

India’s debutant legspinner Axar Patel has said that the Chepauk pitch is only challenging for the bowlers if they are not hitting the right areas. Once the right areas and pace are achieved, the pitch is turning for good according to the 27-year-old who bagged two wickets of the three England wickets that fell in the final session of day three.

Patel also spoke about the need to change the general mindset of visitors regarding the spinning surfaces in the subcontinent nation.

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“The way the wicket is behaving, it’s turning. But it’s only turning when you bowl the right length, the right pace. If you are a little slow, it doesn’t turn a lot. So if you hit the right pace and line, it becomes tough for them to bat. It becomes important for the bowlers to bowl the right pace,” Axar Patel told reporters in a virtual pres conference after stumps, day three.

“Actually if you look at my last dismissal [Joe Root] one, it was on the umpire, so I can’t say a lot on that. But here on this wicket, I think we played really well, so when we are able to score runs, they shouldn’t have issues. I think they should change the mindset about the wicket because we also play on seaming wickets.”

The Gujarat cricketer has also shed light on his frustration caused by his injury ahead of his Test debut and how he worked his way to be fit in time for the second Test against England.

“I was about to play in the first Test, it was frustrating for me but I never got irritated by it. I just took some time and worked on my fitness, my physio told me that it was a niggle and it would become alright for the second Test. It was frustrating but if you look at it positively, I could give my 100% here. I have played with Ash a lot, his mindset and his bowling to both left and right-handed batsman. He talks a lot about mindset and how I could trouble the batsman with my bowling,” Axar said.

“The way I bowl, accuracy is my strength, it has worked well for me. It’s just that you have to be accurate, focused and keep bowling the same line and length. The wicket will take care of itself, you just have to keep bowling to your strength,” he added.
“I think our team’s confidence was boosted by Ashwin’s knock. We had a lot of soft dismissals, the way Pujara got out. We were a bit nervous but the way Ashwin and Virat played, we had immense confidence and when there are runs on board, you tend to be more confident of your chances.”

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