England all-rounder Ben Stokes has said his verdict on the tough Indian pitches that the test batsman should be proficient enough to handle all kinds of conditions. India will be taking on England in a pink ball day-night Test at Motera, Ahmedabad in the third Test of the series that is well poised at 1-1. Both teams will be looking to bring their A-game into play as this test is very crucial for qualification to the World Test championship finals.
The second Test was dominated by the home side totally with the England batsman not able to cope up with the spin-friendly conditions in India. In-form batsman Joe Root also faltered in both the innings and Ravichandran Ashwin’s all-around heroics made the difference in the second Test. However, England will fancy their chances in the third Test due to the seaming conditions under lights and will look to make merry with the ball.
Ben Stokes Ready For The Challenges
Ben Stokes admitted that the Test batman has to be able to bat at any given conditions as the England experts weren’t happy with the way the second pitch played. He added that Indian pitches remain a tough challenge for the touring batsman and it takes a lot to be successful. Ben Stokes was clear about the challenges ahead in the Test series and is ready to adapt to the pitch.
“The thing about being a Test batsman is that you need to be able to handle all types of conditions. India is one of the places where it is a lot tougher for overseas batsmen to come and be successful, but then so too is England,” Ben Stokes wrote in a column for the ”Daily Mirror”.
“And that is part of the game, the challenges and why we love it,” he said.
Ben Stokes Not Worried About His Bowling
Ben Stokes wasn’t worried about the fact that he did not bowl many overs in the second Test and felt that he will get his chances with the ball on a green track with good seaming conditions. He was confident that he will bowl when the ball seems to do a bit under the lights.
“Don’t read too much into the fact that I didn’t bowl a huge amount in the second game, I’m sure if it was a green seamer I would have bowled a lot more overs. I think there may be more reason for me to bowl under lights in the next game if it will help the team.”
“Generally around the world whenever these pink ball games are played there is always a period when the ball starts doing a bit under lights and it brings the seamers right into the game,” Ben Stokes added.
The Ahmedabad pitch is a newly prepared one and it is tough to predict how the pitch is going to play.