Former England captain Michael Vaughan has still not gotten over the pitch that was dished out in the recently-concluded second Test between India and England at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The raging turner that was dished out in the second Test became a center of controversy last week with a plethora of former England cricketers lambasting the hosts for preparing a track, which they deemed as ‘unacceptable’.
Michael Vaughan was the spearhead as far as criticizing the pitch was concerned. The former England captain wrote a series of Tweets where he termed the Chepauk track as ‘shocker’ and a ‘beach’
“It’s entertaining cricket as things are happening all the time but let’s be honest this Pitch is a shocker .. Not making any excuses as India have been better but this isn’t a Test Match 5 day prepared Pitch … #INDvENG” Vaughan had tweeted.
Vaughan was joined by former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh, who termed the pitch as ‘unacceptable’ and misfit for Test cricket since the ball started turning from the first morning itself.
However, Michael Vaughan was subsequently schooled by Shane Warne, who in a series of tweets, explained to his former rival how the track wasn’t really a ‘shocker’ that he is claiming and how the Indian batsmen showed the English how to bat on a raging turner.
As it turned out, England were outbatted and outbowled by their Indian counterparts during the course of the four days. India eventually won the game by a whopping margin of 317 days, and while the discussions around the pitch seemed to have faded away in the past few days, Michael Vaughan is clearly not in the mood to let the debate die.
The 2005 Ashes-winning captain took to Twitter on Saturday to take another veiled swipe at the Chennai pitch. He posted a picture of ground from Pakistan which he captioned as-
Now this is stunning … looks a lovely prepared pitch as well .. #Pakistan @ Wilmslow
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 20, 2021
Clearly, Indian Twitter users weren’t impressed with Michael Vaughan’s jibe and what followed next was a series of posts aimed at the former English international.
Michael Vaughan bringing Lord's pitch to Motera for the next test : pic.twitter.com/9nb3k6XRQ3
— SaCHiN ShArMA (@imSachinSharma_) February 20, 2021
So is England touring Pakistan then😀😃😄
— Keerti Ojha (@a357d6447e6642e) February 20, 2021
Man you are born crybabies instead of criticising your batsman you re criticising the pitch .
— Monk (@gudatnothing) February 20, 2021
This stadium is just for viewing purpose. There is no place for spectators. I don’t find it great for international matches.
— Gaurav Goel (@gzgoel) February 20, 2021
— 🤵🏼Rj. 🍻 (@Theravijain) February 21, 2021
— Panthil (पंथिल) (@PanthilTweets) February 20, 2021