Cook slams Kohli for Motera pitch assessment
Former England skipper Alastair Cook has slammed India captain Virat Kohli for his assessment of the Ahmedabad pitch for the third Test between India and England, which wrapped up inside just two days.
Despite batsmen of both side struggling on the pitch, Kohli had defended it saying “it was very good to bat on”.
“[It was] a very good pitch to bat on – especially in the first innings – and it felt like the ball was coming on nicely with the odd-ball turning,” said Kohli following his team’s 10-wicket victory by chasing down a target of just 49 runs in the fourth innings.
Kohli said after India bowled England out for 81 – their lowest score against India – in the second innings and then chased down the 49-run target with 10 wickets in hand.
Such comment did not go down well with Cook, and he questioned Kohli’s judgement adding that the pitch was actually “hard to bat on”.
He also took a dig at the India captain saying ‘Virat Kohli’s come out and defended the wicket almost as if it’s a BCCI thing”.
According to Cook, who is England’s all-time highest scorer in the longest format of the game, “It cannot possibly be the wicket. Yet it was so hard to bat on that today. So hard.”
He also added, “Take the wicket out and blame the batsmen? We’ve got Virat Kohli, Joe Root, we have some great players of spin. Yes, we’ve got some people who have got to learn to play spin better, but we have got great players of spin also struggling. To me It’d be great to have that game with the red ball to see the difference when the ball is skidding on. Today trying to play properly, it was nigh-on impossible.”
Cook also gave his own verdict that the pitch in Motera spun more than any other pitch in India. “We saw a stat that says this pitch has spun more than any other pitch in India. There’s been so many other balls that have gone straight on as well. So that means when it is turning, it is turning miles.”
In what was a nightmare for the batsmen in the Ahmedabad Test, England were bowled out for 112 and 81 in their two innings respectively, while India were also dismantled for just 145 in their first innings.
The fourth and final Test will begin from March 4 at the same venue.