Former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta said the scores in the Pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad was a reflection of the batsmen’s skills on turning pitches these days.
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium has come under scanner after the Pink-ball Test ended inside 2 days. England were shot out for 112 and 81 while India got bowled out for 145 in their first innings before chasing down 49 runs without losing a wicket to win the match by 10 wickets.
27 out of the 30 wickets that fell in the match were taken by spinners, with 17 batsmen getting out in Thursday’s first-two sessions of the day-night match.
Axar Patel picked 11, Ravichandran Ashwin took 7 while even part-time spinner Joe Root managed a five-wicket haul along with Jack Leach’s 4 scalps.
Dasgupta however, refused to blame the pitch and instead, questioned the ability of the batsmen to play spin on pitches which offer turn and bounce. He said that batsmen from both India and England should have applied themselves better on the Motera wicket.
“Was it a good pitch for batting, NO. It was difficult, challenging for any batsmen irrespective of how good you are. But is it a bad pitch? No, I don’t think so. This might not be a 350-400 run pitch but it surely wasn’t a 200-250-run pitch.
“What was disappointing for me was, the scores were also a reflection of your batting skills against a turning pitch, whether it was the Indian batsmen or English batsmen. Both set of batsmen should have applied themselves better on a pitch like that.
“How do you define a good pitch? Nobody is asking this question that why are batsmen not able to bat as well as they do on surfaces where the ball is not just turning, but also seaming and swinging?” Dasgupta told Sports Today.
Even Virat Kohli blamed poor batting as the reason behind the early end to the match.
“It was a very good pitch to bat on, especially in the first innings. We felt like the ball was coming on nicely with the odd ball turning but it was below-par batting from both teams,” Kohli said after India went 2-1 up in the four-Test series
The fourth and final Test will be played at the same venue in Ahmedabad from March 4.