Graeme Swann, former England spinner, who was part of the winning Test team that won the series in India in 2012-13, feels that Joe Root-led England cannot hide behind accusations and instead should focus on working harder on their game against spin.
The visitors were bundled out for 112 and 81 in consecutive days as India completed a 10-wicket win to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series. A total of 17 wickets fell on the second day while 13 fell on the first day itself.
Graeme Swann: Pitch Is The Same For Both The Teams
England’s defeat in the third Test against India in Ahmedabad within two days has led to several former England cricketers talking about the quality of the pitch on offer at the Narendra Modi Stadium. While some critics believe the pitch is England’s undoing, many including Indian captain Virat Kohli, feel that the lack of application against the turning ball from batsmen of both teams led to the match ending so soon.
“Well, I hope it’s a very honest conversation (in the England dressing room after the loss) and what they have to get away from, if they are, is to talk about the pitch. I know there is a lot of talk back in England, a lot of people saying ‘oh the pitch this, the pitch that’. The pitch is the same for both teams.”
“England played well for half of this game, with the ball, but India just bowled better in the second innings. They are going to get a very similar wicket to play on next week. There are no two ways about it, England have to be better.
‘They cannot afford to make the same mistakes.They cannot afford to hide behind accusations that the pitch is turning too much. It’s nonsense,” Graeme Swann said in the post-match show Cricket Live on Star Sports.
Only 140.2 overs were bowled over the 4 innings overall as the Pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad ended in a little over 5 sessions. This was the first time England lost a Test-inside 2 days since 1912 as the Test became the shortest completed Test since 1935.
England was bundled after scoring a paltry 112 in the first innings despite having won the toss and opted to bat. In response, India lost wickets in a hurry on the 2nd day, eventually getting bundled out for 145. For England, part-time spinner Joe Root picked 5 scalps giving away only 8 runs in 6.2 overs.
England, after having done all the hard work with the ball, failed to seize the initiative as they were restricted to only 81 in their 2nd innings. Rohit Sharma (25*) and Shubman Gill (15*) knocked off the required 49-run target in just 7.4 overs to win the match for India.
Graeme Swann: India Don’t Complain About Green Seaming Decks On Offer At England
Graeme Swann went on to add that when India tours England, they are made to play on green wickets that aid seam bowling but the Indians don’t complain about it.
“When India come to England, they play on green seaming decks and India don’t complain about it, they try and improve. Virat Kohli worked his socks off to make sure his game could cope with Jimmy Anderson on a nibbling wicket. England will have to work their socks off to cope with Ashwin and more importantly Axar Patel,” Graeme Swann said.
England lost 19 out of their 20 wickets in the match to spinners. Axar Patel picked up 11 wickets, while Ravichandran Ashwin accounted for 7 wickets in the two innings combined. Spinner Washington Sundar picked up a solitary wicket in the 2nd innings while paceman Ishant Sharma picked up a wicket in the first innings.