Michael Vaughan Terms Chepauk Pitch As A 'Beach' For Offering Assistance To Spinners On Day One
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Michael Vaughan Terms Chepauk Pitch As A ‘Beach’ For Offering Assistance To Spinners On Day One

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan, the former England skipper, termed Chepauk’s pitch as a beach in a tweet as the pitch offered much turn and assistant to spinners on the very first day of the 2nd Test.

In the 2nd Test, India won the toss and opted to bat. Both Shubman Gill and skipper Virat Kohli failed to score, but opener Rohit Sharma scored a century. India is 189 for the loss of three wickets losing Cheteshwar Pujara apart from Shubman Gil and Virat Kohli.

Michael Vaughan (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Michael Vaughan (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Vaughan Terms Chennai Pitch As Beach For Spinners Enjoying Assistance On 1st Day Dominated By Rohit Sharma’s Ton

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane brought up a 100 run unbeaten stand for the 4th wicket with Rohit Sharma unbeaten on 132 and Ajinkya Rahane unbeaten on 36 before Tea.

While English spinner Jack Leach picked Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli was bowled by Moeen Ali while opener Shubman Gill was plumb before wicket off Olly Stone as England made 4 changes to their winning combination from 1st Test while India made 3 changes bringing in Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, and Mohammed Siraj.

Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Michael Vaughan mentioned that it will be a remarkable victory if England wins despite losing the toss on the Chennai ‘beach’. Michael Vaughan reckons 300 will be a good enough score in 1st innings which is equivalent to 500 in 1st Test.

In 1st Test, England batting first posted 578 with skipper Joe Root scoring 218. India managed 337 and 192. Despite England managing only 178 in 2nd innings, the side won by 227 runs as a 420 run target proved to be a daunting task for India.

Michael Vaughan also praised Rohit Sharma for making his century look easy while it wasn’t. Michael Vaughan also mentioned that dismissing an Indian legend Virat Kohli isn’t that difficult after off-spinner Moeen Ali dismissed him.

England is already 1-0 up in the four-match series having won 1st Test at the same venue and India needs to win the series by at least a margin of 2-1 in order to make the finals of the World Test Championship (WTC).

Kuldeep Yadav Finally Gets A Game While Axar Patel Debuts

For India, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, and Mohammed Siraj came in place of Shahbaz Nadeem, Washington Sundar, and Jasprit Bumrah. On the other hand, England made four changes by bringing in Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, and Ben Foakes in place of Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, James Anderson, and Jos Buttler.

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav

The wicket in the first Test of the series hadn’t provided much assistance to the spinners, but the second Test is turning out to be a completely different affair with spinners enjoying success but the pitch still remains a batting paradise especially for the team batting first.

The 26-year-old spinner Kuldeep Yadav finally played a Test after the one against Australia in January 2019. He debuted in Tests in 2017 but has featured in only 6 Tests, before the 2nd Test at Chennai, where he picked 24 scalps averaging 24.12.

Olly Stone trapped Shubman Gill right in front of the wicket and the right-hander was adjudged leg-before wicket. Just 20 minutes before the lunch break, spinner Jack Leach sent batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (21) back to the pavilion. In the very next over, Moeen Ali bowled a stunning delivery and it turned to rattle the stumps of Virat Kohli (0), reducing India to 86/3 before Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma revived India.