The England cricket team is facing difficulty in saving the second test match as they have already lost their 3 wickets at the score of 53 at the end of the day 3 and they still have to score 429 runs for winning the match. After the dismal performance of the England cricket team in the first innings, many former England cricketers started saying that the pitch of the second test match is not a good one. Recently the former Aussie cricketer Shane Warne has slammed Michael Vaughan for speaking against the pitch and now the former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has also jumped into the bandwagon and slammed all those who are calling the pitch not a good one.
While the Indian team scored 329 runs in their first innings with the help of Rohit Sharma’s century and half centuries of Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant, the England team managed only 134 runs in their first innings. Few former England cricketers called the pitch as dustbowl and rank turner as the pitch had a lot for the spinner from the day one. Although the England spinners were not able to take the benefit of the pitch, the Indian spinners performed superb and lead wicket taker was Ravichandran Ashwin who took five wicket haul 29th time in his career.
Sunil Gavaskar gets involved in a debate with the former English cricketer Mark Boucher on this topic. He said that we all saw Rohit Sharma scoring more than 150 and then with a sarcastic touch, he added that the criticism of the pitch was pretty warranted. He further says that nobody complains when there are seaming pitches in England or such pitches are made where cows can come and graze but when the ball starts to turn on the Indian pitches, it is then people have a problem.
The legendary cricketer went on to say that in the first test match when nothing happened for two days, people were complaining that it was boring and when it is turning from day one in the second test match, they still have a problem, you can’t complain all the time.
Sunil Gavaskar states that the pitch is not unplayable, it is challenging and cricket should be like this only. He adds that rather than on pitch, debate should be on whether the English spinners are not so good as the Indian spinners or who is better in terms of technique when it comes to batting or who is more skillful as a bowler.
Sunil Gavaskar also gives some funny moments while commentary; when Murali Kartik says that Stuart Broad has been brought into attack, Sunil Gavaskar takes a jibe at the England team by asking whether he is also playing the match. When India crossed the 134 mark in the second innings, Sunil Gavaskar said that India has left behind England’s first innings score, this means the pitch is not so bad for batting, either the England spinners were not able to take benefit of it or the Indian spinners have bowled superb.
This is epic trolling by the former Indian cricketer, agree?