Virat Kohli cited the example of India’s recent tour of New Zealand in early 2020, where batsmen were criticized rather than the pitch as both the Tests wrapped up within 3 days and India eventually lost.
India captain Virat Kohli believes the debate surrounding the Ahmedabad pitch has been going in for far too long time and it is about time people should come to terms with the fact that spin is an important factor while playing Test cricket in the sub-continent.
Virat Kohli: India Doesn’t Focus On The Pitch
Virat Kohli cited the example of India’s tour of New Zealand in early 2020, where they were blanked 0-2, with both Tests finishing inside three days, mentioning that all people were talking about was the lacklustre performance by the batsmen and not the pitch.
“Let me ask you a question – do we play matches so that they last 5 days or do we play to win? 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),” Virat Kohli said on the eve of the fourth Test between India and England at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.
The third Test match between India and England in Ahmedabad finished inside two days – the first time it has happened in over 50 years, and even on the eve of the 4th Test at the same venue, several former cricketers are still trying to come to terms with it.
India lost the 1st Test against New Zealand by 10 wickets and the 2nd Test by 7 wickets. They managed scores of 165 and 191 in the 1st and 242 and 134 in the 2nd Test.
Virat Kohli’s Deputy Ajinkya Rahane Echoes Captain’s Thoughts
Virat Kohli’s deputy Ajinkya Rahane echoed his captain’s thoughts and mentioned how relating India’s performance to the nature of a pitch is unfair.
Virat Kohli last scored a century way back in 2019 and has not been able to get to three figures since then. His last Test century came against Bangladesh in Kolkata in India’s first day-night Test at Eden Gardens in November 2019.
On the other hand, India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane expressed his disagreement over the slamming of Indian pitches by several former England cricketers in the ongoing four-match Test series. He asserted that India has never complained about the wickets when they tour abroad.
Ajinkya Rahane stressed the fact that while playing the line, the footwork plays a more significant role and how to use that is an individual batsman’s choice while mentioning that despite beating England by 10 wickets in the third Test, the hosts aren’t going to take the opponents lightly.