Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is utterly unhappy with the nature of the pitch in the third Test match between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium. 30 wickets fell in 5 sessions and 28 of which belonged to spinners as the game ended in well under 2 days.
Inzamam-ul-Haq admits that teams can use their home advantage – but questions whether it is the right thing to do with such extreme pitches as it was the shortest Test, in terms of balls, since 1935. A miffed Inzamam also demands ICC to take some sort of action against India producing pitches that turn from the first session of the game.
“No one could have thought, and neither can I remember when was the last time a Test match got over in two days. Did India play that well or was it the behavior of the wicket? Should such wickets be part of Test matches? I thought India were playing some brilliant cricket. They beat Australia earlier and made a brilliant comeback in the second Test, but preparing such a wicket, I feel is not the right thing to do with cricket,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said on his YouTube channel.
“Even scorecards in T20 matches read better than the one we saw in Ahmedabad. The ICC should take action on this. What sort of wickets are these that a Test match cannot even last two entire days? 17 wickets falling in less than one day… what are we playing on here? Sure, you take home advantage, spinning tracks should be made, but this sort of pitch I don’t think should exist,” he added.
Why should I praise Ashwin and Axar when Root is taking 5/8: Inzamam-ul-Haq
The 51-year-old denied heaping much praise on the likes of R Ashwin and Axar Patel citing that even England captain Joe Root, a part-time off-spinner, bagged a five-wicket haul inside 7 overs. Inzamam asserts such kinds of pitches should not exist in Test cricket. He even says that the victory over England won’t be as much as satisfying as the wins over Australia.
“If Joe Root is picking up five wickets in six overs, you can imagine the condition of the wicket. Why should I praise R Ashwin and Axar Patel, when Root is picking up 5/8? Test matches have so many important elements, the venue, the ground, the umpire, referee, so a pitch should also hold some significance.
“Test match should look like a Test match. Don’t think India would have derived the same satisfaction from this win as they did after beating Australia,” the former Pakistani skipper added.