Jofra Archer, England pacer has said that “there’s is not much to complain about in life”, adding that matches get over inside 2 days in England too. The speedster added that batting wasn’t easy at Ahmedabad but one should expect the ball to spin in Indian conditions.
The quality of the Ahmedabad pitch that was on offer for the 3rd Test has been a topic of debate ever since India won the match in 2 days. As many as 30 wickets inside 6 sessions making it the shortest completed Test held ever since World War II.
Jofra Archer: Matches Finish Quickly In England Too And One Should Expect Ball To Spin In Indian Conditions
Jofra Archer reckoned that matches finish “quickly” in England as well and even recalled similar finishes in matches he was involved in past.
“To me, it doesn’t matter what pitches we play on. There’s not much to complain about in life — apart from bad Wi-Fi, of course! The day-nighter I played against Glamorgan three years ago was over in five sessions and on the day I signed my first Sussex contract we beat Leicestershire inside two days, so matches finish quickly in England, too.Let’s be honest, we are in India and we have to expect the ball to spin. That’s fine. Although it doesn’t mean that batting is easy,” Jofra Archer wrote for the Daily Mail.
Ishant Sharma and Jofra Archer were the only two fast bowlers amongst the wickets as both of them scalped one each in their respective first innings. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel produced a match-haul of 11 for 70.
England suffered a collapse in the first essay, as they managed only 112 before scoring only 81 in the 2nd innings. India, on the other hand, scored only 145 all out in the 1st innings. England is trailing 1-2 in the four-Test series and is out of the race to qualify for the World Test Championship final.
Jofra Archer: Joe Root Encouraged Teammates To Be Fearless In Approach
Further, Jofra Archer stated that playing against Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel in the first innings of the 3rd Test was hard and it was that moment when the team was encouraged to play “fearless” cricket by their captain Joe Root. Since drawing the Test won’t help England’s cause to qualify for the World Test Championship final, at that moment, Joe Root had realized that the team had nothing to lose.
“In the first innings in Ahmedabad, it felt hard to get the ball away against their spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel. And so, ahead of the second innings, Joe Root encouraged us all to be fearless in our approach. He wanted us to realise we had nothing to lose and not to go into our shells, and he urged us to keep the same mentality for the rest of this series. Draws were no good to us in our quest to make the World Test Championship final, so it was important to be positive.”