Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh took a jibe at the pitch dished out in the just-concluded pink-ball Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad after Team India completed a ten-wicket demolition job of England in just the sixth session of the match.
Just like the last Test, it was spinners from both sides who ruled the roost as batsmen from both teams were unable to counter the threat posed by them and the pitch.
As many as 30 wickets fell in just five sessions as the likes of Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jack Leach, and even Joe Root- who claimed the cheapest five-for [5/8] by a spinner in Test history- made merry.
India started the second day at 3/99 and with Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in the middle, one would have hoped of a batting day at the Narendra Modi Stadium. It turned out to be the complete opposite.
Jack Leach removed the overnight pair of Rohit and Rahane by trapping them plumb in front of the wicket. Once the duo fell, the wheels came off in a literal sense. Captain Joe Root brought himself into the attack and by the time he completed his first three overs, he had already claimed the wickets of Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, and Washington Sundar.
Root continued with the onslaught in what was a proper throwback to Mumbai 2o04 where on a minefield masquerading as a Test match pitch, Michael Clarke notched up figures of 6/9. Root dismissed Ashwin and then claimed the final wicket of the Indian innings to register the cheapest five-wicket-haul by a spinner in Test history- 5/8 in just 38 deliveries.
Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin then proceeded to knock over England for a mere 81 in the second innings as the left-arm orthodox claimed yet another five-wicket-haul- his third in as many innings- while Ashwin did what he has been doing for the last decade.
India knocked off the required 49 runs in a canter and post their ten-wicket win, Yuvraj Singh took to his Twitter account to lament the fact that it turned out to be the shortest Test since World War II. Singh also went on to tag Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, claiming that if the legendary duo had bowled on such tracks during their playing days, then they would have gone to take 1000 and 800 wickets respectively.
Yuvraj, however, went on to congratulate Axar Patel for picking up 11 wickets in the Test, Ashwin for breaching the 400 Test wicket barrier, and Ishant for completing 100 Test matches.
”Finished in 2 days Not sure if that’s good for test cricket!If @anilkumble1074 and @harbhajan_singh bowled on these kind of wickets they would be sitting on a thousand and 800 ? However congratulations to @akshar2026 what a spell! congratulations @ashwinravi99 @ImIshant”
finished in 2 days Not sure if that’s good for test cricket !If @anilkumble1074 and @harbhajan_singh bowled on these kind of wickets they would be sitting on a thousand and 800 ?🤔However congratulations to 🇮🇳 @akshar2026 what a spell! congratulations @ashwinravi99 @ImIshant 💯
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) February 25, 2021