Ashwin shoots back at Ahmedabad pitch critics

Ravichandran Ashwin reacted to a question by a journalist on Ahmedabad pitch.

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28 out of 30 wickets fell to the spinners in the third India-England Test (day-night) which lasted only two days. Critics all around were skeptical about a good contest between bat and ball.

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At a press conference on Saturday, a journalist asked Ashwin if the pitch was a good surface and there was balanced contest. The off-spinner questioned back, “I have a question back. What is a good cricket surface?”

He continuted, “The bowler wants to win the game. The batsman needs to bat well to get runs. No question about it. What makes a good surface? Who defines this? Seam on the first day and then bat well and then spin on the last two days? Come on!

“Who makes all these rules, we need to get over it and not talk about whatever picture you want to paint. If you’re asking if it is a good Test surface, I don’t see any of the players coming from England having an issue with the surface.

“They want to improve, they look like they want to have a contest. Is it the players and the people who are reporting back that want their players to not complete and complain about the pitches? Because we have never done that on any of the tours.”

India won the game comfortably by 10 wickets as they lead the four-match series 2-1. Ashwin took seven (three in the first innings, four in the second) wickets in the match, and in the process he completed his 400th Test scalp. Left-arm orthodox spinner Axar Patel starred with 11 wickets.

Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, the world’s largest cricket stadium, will host the fourth Test from Thursday (March 4).

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