Ravichandran Ashwin has lashed out the critics after the Ahmedabad wicket came under the scanner for its quality, stating that no one complains when they play overseas, with the conditions not favouring them.
Tickets for the pink-ball Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium were sold out minutes after it was offered for sale, while each of the fans expected the match to be a little competitive with it rolling till the fourth day at least. But, it took around 140 overs and less than two days for India to clinch a 10-wicket victory.
The nature of the pitch was such that no batsman could find their foot against the spinners, with Axar Patel taking 11 wickets in the games as no innings saw a score north of 150. While criticisms poured in from all corners regarding the pitch, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who claimed his 400th wicket during the Test, lashed out, stating why not people talk about pitches when they play in difficult conditions during their overseas tours.
“I think I have said that in the past as well, everyone is entitled to their opinion and I am not here to say that your opinion is right and it is wrong. The fact remains that the talk about the surface is getting out of hand. Why would you talk about the surface and sell that to us time and time again? Is there any instance where the pitch has been talked about this much when we have played games in other countries,” said Ravichandran Ashwin.
I somehow find it funny that when they speak about the surface, admits Ravichandran Ashwin
Dissecting matters regarding the pitch have been a mainstay these days, especially when matches do not turn out as expected. Ashwin recalled an incident during a South Africa tour, where Virat Kohli strictly informed that he was not ready to talk about pitches.
“I somehow find it funny that when they speak about the surface, it immediately gets quoted all over in our press and this is the issue here. There have been instances, we have been to New Zealand, where both the Tests got over in a total of five days.
“There is a video doing the rounds where Virat Kohli is talking in South Africa and he says I am not here to talk about the pitch. That is how we have been taught to play cricket, that’s why I say let them sell thoughts, buying is our choice,” added Ashwin.
The fourth Test of the ongoing series will be played at the same venue itself, but it remains to see what kind of pitch is on offer.