Kohli urges to put an end to Ahmedabad pitch debate
India captain Virat Kohli thinks the debate surrounding the pitch in Ahmedabad for the third Test between India and England has been going on for far too long, and it’s time to put an end to it.
Kohli reminded everyone of India’s tour of New Zealand early last year, where they lost both the matches inside three days, but all everyone could talk about was India’s poor batting.
He then pointed out that the same is not happening this time, when England came to India and lost a match inside two days. He also brought up the question if one plays to win the game, or to take it to five days.
“Do you play the game to win it or to make sure it goes to five days and there is entertainment. believe there is too much noise about spinning tracks,” Kohli said.
“The reason behind our success as a team is that we haven’t cribbed about any surface we have played on. We have always tried to improve,” he added.
The citing the example of India’s tour of New Zealand last year, he said: “We lost in New Zealand inside 3 days. No one said anything about the pitch back then. Our strength is we focus on ourselves and not the pitch. We need to be honest with ourselves about this narrative (of spinning tracks).”
Kohli has not been having a great time with the bat in this series, as he scored only 172 runs at 34.40 in five innings, but insisted that such low scoring has been due to human error rather than any external factors.
“I don’t understand why a cricket ball or pitch are brought into focus. Why don’t we focus on the fact that the batsmen were just not skilled enough on that pitch to play properly,” he said.
The fourth and final Test of the series will begin on March 4 in Ahmedabad,