India has pushed England onto the backfoot for the Anthony de Mello Trophy in the continuing four-Test series. The third day-night Test in Ahemdabad saw the game getting over by Day 2. Meanwhile, Inzamam-ul-Haq has demanded ICC to take action against the Ahmedabad track.
As India mounts tremendous pressure on England in the ongoing four-Test series for the Anthony de Mello Trophy, things have moved on to the final Test, to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad from Thursday. Meanwhile, the third day-night Test was held at the same venue, which the host won.
However, India's manner of winning the pink-ball Test has drawn severe criticisms, especially with the rank-turning track at the venue that saw the match getting over in just two days. Meanwhile, former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has demanded the International Cricket Council to take action against the Ahmedabad pitch.
"Even scorecards in T20 matches read better than the one we saw in Ahmedabad. The ICC should take action on this. What sort of wickets are these that a Test match cannot even last two entire days? Seventeen wickets are falling in less than one day! What are we playing on here? Sure, you take home advantage and spinning tracks should be made, but this sort of pitch I don't think should exist," he was quoted as saying on his YouTube channel, reports Hindustan Times.
"I feel that as a former cricketer, such type of cricket should not be played. Teams come to the sub-continent keeping in mind that they will encounter spin-friendly tracks. But, to this extent? I remember in the West Indies, in the fourth innings, it was such an uneven wicket. India needed some 100-125 runs to win (120) and they all got out (81), so much of noise was made even back then," he added.
Also, Inzamam has refrained form crediting the Indians, focusing on the point that a part-timer like Joe Root managed to claim a five-for. He also questioned if India was satisfied with the win, especially after the performance it pulled off in Australia to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
"If Joe Root is picking up five wickets in six overs, you can imagine the condition of the wicket. Why should I praise Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel when Root is picking up 5/8? Test matches have so many important elements: the venue, the ground, the umpire, referee. So, a pitch should also hold some significance. Test match should look like a Test match. Don't think India would have derived the same satisfaction from this win as they did after beating Australia," he concluded.
Last Updated Mar 3, 2021, 12:19 PM IST