England Skipper Joe Root request to International Cricket Council to own judgment on Ahmedabad Pitch
India and England played the third Test at Motera Stadium, now known as the Narendra Modi Stadium, but the match ended in just two days.
During the post-match virtual press conference, the English captain said that it is up to the ICC, and not the players, to decide whether the ‘difficult’ Motera pitch is suitable for Test cricket.
He added that the global cricketing body should consider the suitability of the pitch for the longest format of the game.
I think that this surface, it’s a very challenging one, is a very difficult one to play on. It is not for players to decide whether it is fit for purpose or not and that is up to the ICC. As players we are going to try and counter what is in front of us as best as we can,” said Root.
Root said he expects the International Cricket Council to look at the pitch, countered: “It’s a real shame because it’s a fantastic stadium, 40,000 people have come to watch a brilliant, iconic Test match and I feel for them.
They came to watch Virat Kohli face Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, and Ravichandran Ashwin against our top batsmen like Ben Stokes.
“I almost feel like they’ve been robbed. Instead, they had to watch me get wickets on there which shouldn’t be the case.”
India vs England 3rd Test Scores:
England 1st Innings- 112/10, Zak Crawley 53 runs, Joe Root 17 runs; R Ashwin 36/3, Axar Patel 38/6
India 1st Innings- 145/10, Rohit Sharma 66 runs, Kohli 27 runs; Joe Root 8/5, Jack Leach 54/4
England 2nd Innings- 81/10, Ben Stokes 25 runs, Joe Root 19 runs; Axar Patel 32/5, R Ashwin 48/4
India 2nd Innings- 49/0, Rohit Sharma 25 runs, Shubman Gill 15 runs