England captain Joe Root has made a big statement on the pitch after losing to Team India by 10 wickets in the third Test. “It is not the players but the International Cricket Council (ICC),” he said.
Team India forced the entire England team to kneel in a day-night Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera. Indian team spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Akshar Patel dropped the English team like cards.
A sporadic debate over Motera’s pitch
England were bowled out for 112 and 81 in both innings and India won the match by 10 wickets. After Team India’s victory, the pitch has started questioning. While defending the pitch against India on the one hand, former players have criticised the pitch. Now Root has also made a big statement about the pitch.
Joe Root speaks about the pitch
England captain Joe Root believes it is not the players’ job but the International Cricket Council (ICC) to decide whether Motera’s pitch was suitable for Test cricket.
But Root (Joe Root) did not consider it appropriate to blame the pitch for it. He, however, said that the ICC should consider a favourable pitch for Test cricket.
Root said, “I think this pitch was quite challenging. It was extremely difficult to bat. It will not be decided by the players whether it was suitable for the game or not. It’s the icc’s job.
Joe Root said, “As a player, we have to perform our best in whatever situations we have.”
Virat has no shortage in the pitch
Virat Kohli said there was no fault in the pitch, at least in the first innings, it was not and only the ball was turning. The Indian skipper defended the pitch and said, “Honestly speaking, I don’t think the batting level was good. Our score was 100 for 3 at one time and we were bowled out for less than 150 runs. Only a ball was taking a turn and in the first innings it was a good wicket for batting,” he said.
Rohit defends pitch
Rohit Sharma said at the virtual conference after the match ended, “When you play on such a pitch, you should have emotion and you should also try to score runs. You just can’t block. As you saw, someone was taking a ball turn and when you played for a turn, the ball was also slipping towards the stumps.