England fast bowler Jofra Archer has described the pitch used in the recently concluded opening Test of the four-match series against India as the worst surface that he has ever seen.
England bowlers India out for a mere 192 in a mere 58.1 overs on the final day of the Test match.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail UK, Archer said that even though Indian batsmen were playing in their own conditions, he was confident of the bowling group dismissing the home side on the final day.
He, however, admitted at the same time that he had not expected the game to finish as early as one hour after the lunch break.
“On the fifth day it was probably the worst surface I’ve seen — its orange colour, bits missing, rough patches for the bowlers to aim at. When we walked out in search of nine wickets on the fifth day, I was very hopeful we would complete the job — although these India players have big reputations and are at home, so should be able to cope with conditions better than anyone. So, I didn’t expect us to skittle them. Equally, I didn’t expect it to finish not long after afternoon drinks,” Jofra Archer wrote.
‘Nothing compares’- Jofra Archer on the feeling after winning an overseas Test
England pulled off a major upset in the first Test in Chennai as they became the first team to beat India in their backyard after a gap of four years.
England are currently on a six-match winning streak in overseas Tests and the 227-run rout of Virat Kohli’s men will certainly rank at the top of the pile given the fact that India had lost just 1 Test on home soil since January 2013. Jofra Archer termed it as an ‘indescribable’ feeling.
“I’ve played in tournaments around the world, and had success, but winning a Test is one of those indescribable feelings, especially against a really good team. Nothing compares,” added Jofra Archer.
Jofra Archer claimed three wickets in the first Test and although there is a quick turnaround between Test matches, he is confident of performing at the same level like he did during the first Test.
“There are only three days between Tests, and we use a rotation policy for the fast bowlers, but I have played back-to-back Tests before and, even though the heat can be taxing here, I know I can perform to the same level again,” Jofra Archer said.
The second Test between India and England will kickstart on February 13 at the same venue.