Experts have different opinions about the pitch that was used in the third Test between India and England, which saw the hosts decimate England by 10 wickets inside two days. Many deemed the pitch ‘unfit’ for a Test match while others opined that it’s fair to create a pitch that suits the home team. England pacer Jofra Archer has now given his opinion on the Ahmadabad pitch. In a hilarious post, Archer said that there is nothing to complain in life – apart from bad Wi-Fi. He said that matches end within two days in England as well, citing the examples of few county games. He further added that when you come to India, you should expect the ball to spin.
“To me, it doesn’t matter what pitches we play on. There’s not much to complain about in life — apart from bad Wi-Fi, of course! The day-nighter I played against Glamorgan three years ago was over in five sessions and on the day I signed my first Sussex contract we beat Leicestershire inside two days, so matches finish quickly in England, too.
“Let’s be honest, we are in India and we have to expect the ball to spin. That’s fine. Although it doesn’t mean that batting is easy,” Jofra Archer wrote for the Daily Mail.
Archer also shared Joe Root’s advice for the team after they were bowled out for 112 in the first inning of the pink ball Test.
“In the first innings in Ahmedabad, it felt hard to get the ball away against their spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel. And so, ahead of the second innings, Joe Root encouraged us all to be fearless in our approach. He wanted us to realise we had nothing to lose and not to go into our shells, and he urged us to keep the same mentality for the rest of this series.”
The loss meant that England are out of contention for a place in the World Test Championship final. However, they can spoil India’s party if they can beat them in the final Test.