“Definition Of Test Match Is To Be Tested On Any Surface”- Pragyan Ojha Slams Critics Of Ahmedabad Pitch

Pragyan Ojha

India beat England by 10 wickets in the final session on Day 2 of the Pink-ball Test to knock the visitors out of the race to qualify for the ICC World Test Championship final. England were unable to play Indian Spinners Axar Patel and Ravi Ashwin. India Managed to Outplay England Completely. Here we go Pragyan Ojha back with critics.

There has been a lot of talk about the pitches during the ongoing four-match Test series between India and England. All the attention turned towards the pink ball Test in Ahmedabad and England decided to play three seamers for the third Test match. But it proved to be a blunder as the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium assisted the spinners. English cricket experts and former players like Kevin Pietersen and Michael Vaughan have been vocal about the pitch conditions in the Test series so far in Chennai and Ahmedabad.

Pragyan Ojha Gives It Back To Critics Slamming Motera Pitch

Former off-spinner Pragyan Ojha on Thursday hit back at critics who have been slamming the pitch and conditions in Ahmedabad where India won inside 2 days against England to go 2-1 up in the four-match series. Ojha questioned why seaming tracks where Tests sometimes finish inside 2 or 3 days are considered to be good and turning tracks in India are slammed on a consistent basis.

“Please talk about Stuart Broad’s 8 for 15, the wicket that he was bowling on in that match. What kind of a wicket was that? If the Test finishes in 2 or 3 days in seaming conditions where there is a grass that’s absolutely fine. But the moment it starts turning and bouncing, that’s when you say its not a 5-day wicket or a Test-match wicket.

“Definition of a Test match is – you have to be tested on any surface. It is not written that you will be tested on seaming track and not on tracks which is assisting the spinners,” Ojha said on Sports Today.

Even Indian batsmen struggled against Joe Root and Jack Leach on Day 2 with the hosts collapsing from 99 for 3 to 145 in the first session thanks to the England captain’s maiden five-wicket haul. It was again a blunder from Joe root for not selecting enough spinning options. Results would have been different if England Captain selected Dominic Bess who was great in first test match.


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