England veteran paceman Stuart Broad was one of the players to play in the Ahmedabad Test – the third against India recently. The pitch used in the match sparked plenty of debates as it finished within two days, with India winning by ten wickets. With the ICC rating the deck as average and set to escape sanctions, Stuart Broad took a jibe at their assessment.
Following the two-day Test, several former England cricketers like David Lloyd, Andrew Strauss, and Alastair Cook criticized the pitch as it began spinning from day one. 28 out of 30 wickets fell to the spin-bowlers as it witnessed 11 scalps going to Axar Patel alongside Joe Root, who took a fifer in the first innings. England managed only 193 runs combined in two innings, including bundling out for 81 in the second.
Nevertheless, batsmen from both sides refused to blame the pitch as they reckoned that they needed better application and technique. Only Rohit Sharma and Zak Crawley made fifty-plus scores. Reportedly, 21 out of 30 wickets to fall were from straighter deliveries as most batsmen played for the spin and were foxed. India needed only 48 runs to win in the second innings and they did it without breaking a sweat.
Would be interesting to compare what pitches have been rated below average: Stuart Broad
Meanwhile, Stuart Broad took a dig on a post of Wisden Cricket on Instagram, knowing the Ahmedabad’s pitch earned an average rating. The 34-year old stated he would like to know what pitches were rated below average, if there is any in world cricket. Broad’s exact comment was “Would be interesting to compare what pitches have been rated “below average” in world cricket previously, if any”.