There is a lot of controversy between India and England over the pitch of the second Test match of the series being played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. This pitch from Chepauk started taking a turn from day one. Many cricketers were surprised about this. Former England captain Michael Vaughan was also angered by this but Shane Warne gave him a befitting reply. Now former captain of the Indian team Sunil Gavaskar has given his opinion on this pitch. Gavaskar says that the controversy over the pitch is unnecessary and has raised questions about the England team’s game.
On the third day of the match on Monday, as the Indian team crossed England’s first innings score 134 with a four off Ravichandran Ashwin, Gavaskar lashed out at England’s bowling and batting during the commentary. Gavaskar said, “India beat England’s first innings score.” This means that this pitch is not that bad for batting. Either the England spinner did not take full advantage of it or the Indian batsmen batted better than England.
On the Chennai pitch, India won the toss and scored 329 runs in the first innings. In response, England batsmen were helpless in front of Ravichandran Ashwin’s spin. England’s first innings was reduced to just 134. Ashwin took five wickets from India. This was the 29th time in Test cricket when Ashwin took five or more wickets in an innings.
The Indian team also got into trouble on the third day. The team’s 6 batsmen returned to the pavilion at a score of 106. On the third day, England spinners put initial pressure on India and quickly dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane. Playing his first Test match, Akshar Patel was also dismissed for just 7 runs. After this, captain Virat Kohli along with Ashwin took over the Indian innings. The two have a half-century partnership for the seventh wicket till lunch on the third day.
Even before the start of the third day of play, Gavaskar had said that Rohit Sharma has shown that this pitch is not such that it cannot be played. He said, ‘We saw that Rohit scored 150 runs yesterday. He was playing close to the ball. Criticizing the pitch is meaningless.