The ongoing Test series between India and England has managed to keep us entertained. While we saw some great batting performance from the visitors in the 1st Test match, India managed to pull off the strings in the 2nd Test in Chennai. However, the 3rd Test match played in the Narendra Modi stadium has created quite a buzz. The newly refurbished stadium had an extremely green surface which gave spin bowlers the upper hand. While the spinners dominated the two days test match, many criticized the pitch as not an equal contest for batting and bowling. Retired Indian All-rounder Yuvraj Singh also criticized the pitch.
finished in 2 days Not sure if that’s good for test cricket !If @anilkumble1074 and @harbhajan_singh bowled on these kind of wickets they would be sitting on a thousand and 800 ?🤔However congratulations to 🇮🇳 @akshar2026 what a spell! congratulations @ashwinravi99 @ImIshant 💯
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) February 25, 2021
Yuvraj’s tweet went like a bullet and rightly struck on to the opinions of Twitteratis. Kevin Pietersen, Michael Vaughan, and Mark Waugh also expressed their opinions on the pitch.
Ek match ke liye aesa wicket theek hai jaha ballebaaz ki skill aur takaneek ka test hota hai . LEKIN main iss tara ka wicket aur nahi dekhna chahta aur mujhe lagta hai ki saare khiladi bhi nahi chahte . Bohut ache , india 🇮🇳 🙏
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) February 25, 2021
Entertaining .. YES .. but this is a awful pitch for Test cricket .. !!!! Complete lottery on day 2 !! #INDvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 25, 2021
Scores would have been even lower in the last 2 tests if Jadeja had been playing. You know when Joe Root gets 5/8 the pitch is very questionable.
— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) February 25, 2021
However, being an Indian cricketer the likes of Yuvraj Singh saw a greater backlash. Have a look:
According to your logic, if Kohli and Smith batted on the pitches where Bhajji and Kumble bowled, he would have had more test hundreds than Sachin?
— Viru Sharma (@183Mirpur) February 25, 2021
The problem is that India over a period got adjusted themselves to overseas pitches/conditions, but other teams still put blame on pitches in India. Check out the dismissals dude, they were straight balls. #DemonsInMindNotPitch #INDvsENG
— Alok Malik (@malikalok) February 25, 2021
Harbhajan: Humare zamane mai toh puri pitch pe grass hota tha.. Ek taraf hum bowling karte the dusri taraf gaay ghas khati thi. #TweetingAgain
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) February 25, 2021
Pic 1: Yuvi requesting to forget bad times of Stuart Broad (a Non-Indian) and appreciate his achievements.
Pic 2: Yuvi requesting (indirectly) to forget an achievement of Ashwin an Axar (Indians) and criticize indian pitches. pic.twitter.com/wIIPl18KgI
— 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 Muzammil 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@Muz_7Dec2000) February 25, 2021
Ashwin has scored more 100s than you in tests sit down 🤣 https://t.co/Cy2G8LWwDx
— Rahul (@Rv__97) February 25, 2021
The kind of hate comments being received by former Indian cricketer and 2011 cwc hero Yuvraj Singh is appalling.
Criticism of a poor wicket is genuine and Yuvi is being fair here. But unfortunately, people cannot think beyond nationalism
Today, India won but cricket lost https://t.co/JJaBwETQNP
— Uzair Hasan Rizvi (@RizviUzair) February 25, 2021
Ashwin has almost same wickets as Bhajji in 36 less tests yet Yuvaraj used him to bring down Ashwin based on one match pitch.
Looks like the friendship bond between Bhajji & Yuvi grew too strong while both were working together for Pakistani Shahid Afridi. https://t.co/W7g4NjTb7S
— Scar (@YourRishbh) February 25, 2021
One Suresh Raina
One Rahul Dravid
One Anil Kumble
One VVS Laxman
One MS Dhoni
are fine examples that not all retired Indian Cricketers are salty. Totally mood off after Yuvi tweet. Insecure people <<<<
— 󠄪 󠄪 (@ComeToGabbaMate) February 25, 2021
Disagreed totally. Why People are not understanding that England Batsman are poor in spin. During Anil Kumble and Bhajji’s time there were lots of great players of spin.
Yuvi should not have tweeted like this to degrade Efforts of Axar and Ashwin. https://t.co/NxM3pNrHUi
— Awarapan 🇮🇳 (@KingSlayer_Rule) February 25, 2021
Yuvi bhai hope you didn’t forget that 2004 Mumbai test against Australia which was over in just 2&half days..The best bowling figures of that match 6-9 was by M.Clarke..Both Kumble&Harbhajan played that test too#INDvsENG #INDvENG #PinkBallTest https://t.co/9dEKTKQa9P
— Sivaram G (@sivaramkrish13) February 25, 2021
What do you think? Was it Axar and Ashwin’s bowling or the condition of the pitch?