The 4th Test match between India and England is going to start tomorrow, but the cricketing world still has plenty of opinions to offer regarding the pitch that was used for the third Test at Ahmedabad. The Indian side gave a pounding of a lifetime to Joe Root and his men, and thrashed the visitors by 10 wickets inside 2 days.
With the talk about the pitch still raging on, Virat Kohli has firmly thrown his weight behind the Ahmedabad pitch. The Indian captain was of the opinion that the conversation would be a balanced one if the media presents views that state that it is unfair to criticize just spinning tracks. Kohli added that it is indeed unfortunate that the media continues to harp about the pitch till the time it is relevant.
“I am sure if our media is in a space to contradict those views or present those views that say it is unfair to criticise just spinning tracks, then I think it will be a balanced conversation. The unfortunate part is that everyone plays along with that narrative and they keep making it news till the time it is relevant,” said Kohli as quoted by TOI.
Kohli was of the view that if a Test match finishes in 4 or 5 days, nobody says a word, but if a Test match ends in just 2 or 3 days, then it becomes an issue that everybody pounces on. He also stated that even though the Indian side lost in New Zealand inside 3 days last year, nobody complained about the pitch and all that the people spoke about was how badly the Indian willow wielders played.
“Then a Test match happens. If it finishes on day four and five, nobody says anything, but if it finishes inside two-three days, everyone pounces on the same issue, it becomes the issue everyone is talking about. We lost in New Zealand on day three in just 36 overs; I am sure none of our people wrote about the pitch. It was all about how India played badly in New Zealand and none of the pitches were criticised,” concluded Kohli.