Series Win Testament Of Indian Team’s Quality: Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin had his say over the pitch debate after India emerged victorious by an innings and 25 runs in the 4th and final Test against England. The series has made a special place in the history of the game for the raging debates over the pitches on offer. Several former players and experts targeted the spin-friendly tracks after the Joe Root-led England team suffered a defeat in the 2nd Test. The debate was heated up by the criticism from former England captains Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss after the day-night Test in Ahmedabad ended before the completion of two
Ravichandran Ashwin had his say over the pitch debate after India emerged victorious by an innings and 25 runs in the 4th and final Test against England.
The series has made a special place in the history of the game for the raging debates over the pitches on offer. Several former players and experts targeted the spin-friendly tracks after the Joe Root-led England team suffered a defeat in the 2nd Test. The debate was heated up by the criticism from former England captains and Andrew Strauss after the day-night Test in Ahmedabad ended before the completion of two full days.
Series Win Is A Testament That The Indian Team Is Excellent: Ravichandran Ashwin
But amid all the off-field chaos, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team kept on the momentum they gained after winning the second Test in Chennai. The 327-run triumph marked India’s terrific comeback and then there was no looking back as India clinched the series 3-1 to qualify for the ICC World Test Championship final.
Speaking to reporters in a virtual press conference, Ravichandran Ashwin said that the series win is a testament to the quality of the current Indian team.
“This series win is a testament to the fact that this is a very good Indian cricket team, that is all I would like to say. The criticism around the pitch, all that, the other day, Sunny sir was saying something that makes complete sense,” Ashwin was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the leading wicket-taker with 32 scalps in 4 Tests averaging 14.72 in the recently concluded 4 Test series against England. Ravichandran Ashwin lifted his batting and scored his fifth Test hundred in the 2nd Test at Chennai on a pitch that was the subject of intense criticism. For his all-around effort (32 wickets and 189 runs), Ravichandran Ashwin walked away with the Man of the Series award
Ravichandran Ashwin Felt That Critics Are Encouraged To Make A Mockery Of Cricket By Targeting The Pitch
The pitches in Chennai (first 2 Tests) and Ahmedabad (last 2 Tests) have been under the scanner ever since the 4-match Test series between India and England kicked off. Former England captains Michael Vaughan, Andrew Strauss, and Alastair Cook have slammed the turning tracks aiding spinners, especially the one used for the day-night Test which ended in 2 days.
“Only because you are giving attention to people who are making a mockery of cricket, I think we are encouraging them to do more and more stuff. I would like to see one day when there is a lot of grass on the pitch somewhere else in the world, our Indian commentators talking about it and then putting an Instagram post, I would like to see that and how the global media reacts to that, then we will know, who is at fault,” he added.
, playing in just his second Test, scalped 11 wickets in the 3rd day-night Test at Ahmedabad to spin a web over the Englishmen. He returned with figures of 6/38 and 5/32 as England was bundled out for 112 and 81 only in the 3rd Test. Axar Patel took 27 scalps in his memorable debut Test series playing only 3 Tests against England. India came back remarkably after losing the first Test both against Australia and England.
India lost the 1st Test by 227 runs but won the next 3 Tests by 317 runs, 10 wickets, and an innings and 25 runs respectively. India had performed similarly in the Australian tour by losing the 1st Test by 8 wickets. They won the 2nd Test by 8 wickets before drawing the 3rd Test and winning the last by 3 wickets chasing a stiff 329 odd target.