Former India keeper-batsman Farokh Engineer is amongst the men to slam the pitch prepared for the third Test in Ahmedabad between India and England. The pink-ball Test between the two sides was the shortest Test match since World War II, finishing within two days. While elated to see India win, Farokh Engineer was not satisfied that the game ended within two days.
The first day of the Test match saw 13 wickets fall as England succumbed to 112 after electing to bat first. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill got the hosts off to an excellent start before losing the latter, Cheteshwar Pujara, and captain Virat Kohli cheaply. The next day witnessed India crumble to 145 all out and England ending their second innings at 81. It left India 49 to win, which they did with ten wickets to spare.
Farokh Engineer highlighted that very rarely Test matches last only two days as wickets generally fall in a heap during the third, fourth and fifth day. He commented that the stadium was a beautiful one; however, the pitch should have been better. Engineer expressed disappointment seeing a red-ball international fixture end in a day and a half.
“If a match finishes in under two days… Very rarely you come across such Test matches. Wickets have crumbled on the third, fourth, and fifth day. What a magnificent stadium we’ve got. The Narendra Modi stadium. Beautiful stadium. Why couldn’t we prepare a better wicket? Let the wicket spin. Every team has the home advantage. They (England) have got very good spinners as well. It’s a shame to finish a Test match in just over a day and a half. It’s not on,” Farokh Engineer told Sportskeeda.
Congratulations to our boys, they have thoroughly deserved it: Farokh Engineer
While praising the Indian team’s victory and feeling proud of it, the 83-year old referred to it as complete annihilation. The Mumbai-born cricketer termed Ravichandran Ashwin’s achievement of 400 scalps in 70 Tests as incredible. Farokh Engineer also lauded Axar Patel for seizing the opportunity in Ravindra Jadeja’s absence.
“As a proud Indian, I feel elated that we have won. I expect us to win in India. But this is an annihilation. I don’t know what to say, really. Congratulations to our boys, they have thoroughly deserved it. (Ravichandran) Ashwin was fantastic. To get 400 wickets in 70-odd Test matches, that’s an incredible achievement. And, Axar Patel, when he got his chance… He was always behind Ravindra Jadeja. I am sure had he played, he would have been fantastic too,” he added.