The second Test match in Motera was anything but batsman’s paradise. The pitch kept turning from ball one and as a result the game ended in just two days. So what the batsmen could have done differently? A former India captain has an interesting take on it.
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“It was disappointing to watch the batsmen come a cropper in the Ahmedabad Test. The key to batting on such dry tracks and rank turners is shot-selection and assured footwork. It makes little sense to wear spikes when batting. Rubber soles don’t hamper ability of batsmen,” Azharuddin tweeted.
And the ones that come to mind are not just Indians like Sunil Gavaskar Mohinder Amarnath and Dilip Vengsarkar but also many a visiting batsman like Sir Vivian Richards,Mike Gatting Allan Border,Clive Lloyd and several others (3/3)
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) February 26, 2021
“I have seen some amazing Test knocks being played on tough surfaces by batsmen who wore shoes with rubber soles. The argument that batsmen can slip when running between wickets is countered by the fact that in Wimbledon, all tennis players wear shoes with rubber soles,” Azharuddin added. “And the ones that come to mind are not just Indians like Sunil Gavaskar Mohinder Amarnath and Dilip Vengsarkar but also many a visiting batsman like Sir Vivian Richards, Mike Gatting, Allan Border, Clive Lloyd and several others.”
Azharuddin and a number of cricketers have been weighing in since the Motera match ended in just two days. A number of cricketers especially former English cricketers have criticised the pitch.India’s thumping ten-wicket win over England in the third Test of the four-match series was not a match that was well received by a majority of cricket fans. Former England cricketers as well as current commentators from around the world said the pitch did not offer up a fair contest between bat and ball. However, many in India have stated that this is just how pitches are in the subcontinent. It is a view echoed in a way by Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who said that people never seem to have an issue with wickets that assist seam bowling yet criticise pitches that offer turn.