England Opener Zak Crawley revealed that England was frustrated with the 50-50 decisions that went against them on referrals to the third umpire in the pink ball Test at Ahmedabad. England did not have a good outing on the first day as they did not have any luck and there were many incidents that could have gone either way. England was bundled out for just 112 in the first innings and India is on 99 for the loss of 3 wickets at the end of day one.
Rohit Sharma escaped in a close call towards the end of the play when there was a stumping referral to the third umpire Shamsuddin who failed to check the different angles and Joe Root wasn’t happy with the decision. Root had a long chat with the umpire and this was not the first time as earlier a catch taken by Ben Stokes was overruled too by the third umpire to have grassed.
“That’s The Way It Goes Sometimes” – Zak Crawley
Zak Crawley mentioned that England needed those little things to got their way to stay in the game and make a comeback. He expressed his frustrations as England is so far behind and they can’t afford every decision to go against them. He hoped that the team will come out strong on the next day and put up a better performance to have any chance of coming back in this game.
“Yeah, it’s very frustrating. We are behind the game. We need those little 50-50 decisions to go our way and it seems like none of them went our way. That’s the way it goes sometimes. It is frustrating and doesn’t help our chances of winning if those chances don’t go our way. But that’s out of our control. We will try to better hopefully we play well tomorrow,” Zak Crawley said.
“I Don’t Think It’s Going To Need Miracles” – Zak Crawley
Zak Crawley mentioned they need to play good cricket and they no need any miracles. He added that England will have an advantage that they don’t need to bat last on this wicket which will very tough. He told me it is not going to be easy for India to chase it down if England can get quick wickets on the second day and take a lead of 150 in the second innings.
“I don’t think it’s going to require a miracle, to be honest. Batting last on this wicket will be difficult, so we bowl well tomorrow and maybe get a 100, 150-run lead, we have got a great chance of winning this Test.
“I don’t think it’s going to need miracles but we have a lot of things to go our way. We have got confidence in the side we have got,” Crawley added.
Zak Crawley looked the most comfortable batsmen from the England lineup on display and was dismissed after an excellent half-century.