The pitch in the third Test between India and England in Ahmedabad became a major talking point after the day-night match ended inside two days, and it was additionally the key focus in India captain Virat Kohli’s press convention forward of the fourth and final game of the collection, which will even be held on the identical venue. Kohli hit out on the criticism of spinning pitches, saying there’s “an excessive amount of noise about spinning tracks”. He was additionally requested what should be finished to make sure that Take a look at matches do not finish in two-three days, and got here up with a stern response.
“Do you play the sport to win it or to ensure it goes to 5 days and there’s leisure?” he quipped.
Kohli maintained that the ability of the batsmen must be checked out greater than circumstances, and mentioned that his crew by no means cribbed whereas enjoying in seaming tracks overseas.
“I consider there’s an excessive amount of noise about spinning tracks,” Kohli mentioned.
“The rationale behind our success as a crew is that we have not cribbed about any floor we now have performed on. Now we have at all times tried to enhance,” he continued.
“I’m positive if our media is in an area to contradict these views or current views which say that it’s unfair to criticise solely spin tracks, then it is going to be a balanced a dialog,” Kohli argued.
“Unlucky that there is an excessive amount of noise about spinning tracks.”
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“However the unlucky bit is everybody performs together with that narrative and retains making it information until the time it’s related. After which a Take a look at match occurs, in the event you win on day 4 or 5, nobody says something but when it finishes in two days, everybody pounces on the identical concern,” he added.
“I’m positive even our folks by no means wrote concerning the pitch after we misplaced in three days in New Zealand,” the skipper mentioned.
“It has at all times been the case that spinning tracks are criticised however when the ball seams lots and groups are bundled out for 40-50, nobody talks about it,” the India captain mentioned.
Requested once more if the Take a look at neighborhood wanted to have a look at the truth that surfaces typically give dwelling groups a bonus, Kohli mentioned “Can be pretty in the event you ask us this after we are on an England, Australia or New Zealand tour, not proper after we now have received on two spinning tracks at dwelling.”
India presently lead the collection 2-1. The fourth Take a look at on the Narendra Modi Stadium is about to start on Thursday.
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