After registering a 10-wicket win on Thursday, India wrapped up the third Test against England in just 2 days. Since then, a lot has been talked about the Motera pitch where the third Test took place.
A lot of critic pundits criticized the curators for creating an abrasive pitch and labelled it as a bad advertisement for Test Cricket. On the other hand, a lot of former cricket players said that England’s lacklustre batting performance was the foremost reason behind the defeat and not the pitch.
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain believes that while the pitch didn’t provide a fair contest between bat and ball, it shouldn’t be an excuse for England to lose.
“I don’t believe the Ahmedabad pitch provided a fair contest between bat and ball – but neither do I believe England can use that as an excuse for losing the third Test. India’s two spinners – Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin – exploited the conditions beautifully. Patel with his pace and accuracy, Ashwin with his clever variation. But for batsmen on both sides – and don’t forget India were bowled out for 145 – it was an exhausting business. It was fun to watch, but probably less fun to play. And let’s face it, if Joe Root is taking five for eight, you can hardly say the pitch is a belter,” wrote Nasser Hussain.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, England slipped from 74 for 2 to 112 all-out in the first innings. English commentator believes that England’s first-innings collapse was the primary reason behind the defeat and have themselves to blame than anything else.
“There’ll be a lot of discussion about the pitch, and the hasty decision-making of the third umpire, and so on. But that’s for others to discuss. The bottom line for England is that they won a good toss, and collapsed from 74 for two to 112 in their first innings. In the end, that’s what cost them the Test,” added Nasser Hussain.
The final of the four-match Test series will begin on 4th March 2021. With the 10-wicket defeat, England has lost place for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. For India to reach the final, they have to either draw the fourth Test or win it.