The India-England series has been marred by the controversial nature of the pitches. While Indians were not happy with the conditions in the first test, they produced spin friendly wickets for the second and third test that irked the England fans and experts who were not pleased with the drastic turn that the pitches offered.
Coming down hard on the critics, Indian skipper Virat Kohli blasted them by saying that India doesn’t focus on the conditions but the opposition they play against. His comments didn’t go down well with David Lloyd who responded by saying that Kohli himself criticised the playing conditions in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 fixture against England. He also pointed out Kohli’s comment after the first Test where he termed the pitch as ‘poor’.
“I see Virat Kohli said he doesn’t comment on the conditions. And it’s true, he doesn’t unless you count his remarks about the pitch for the first Test, which he said was too slow, or the ball, which he said was poor quality or that time he said the boundaries were too short during a World Cup game against England. Apart from that,” David Lloyd wrote.
Some media outlets in India and England reported that the groundsman of the 1st test was sacked for creating a below par pitch. Pointing out the same, Llyod said that he’s a big fan of workers’ right. He added that the pitch in the 1st Test was excellent.
“I’m a big fan of workers’ rights — George Orwell, Wigan Pier, and all that. And I’m hearing that the groundsman who prepared that excellent pitch for the first Test was sacked for doing his job. The pitch had everything: runs for batsmen, a bit for the seamers, then the spinners came into it. So what happens? The poor guy gets kicked out,” added David Lloyd.
The pitch in the fourth Test didn’t have any demons in it yet England were folded out for 205. It seemed that they had the ghosts of Ahmedabad in their minds. From India, once again the duo of Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin were the main destroyer and shared seven wickets between them.