Axar Patel, a beginner pitcher with a slow left arm, believes critics of suitable spinner tracks need a change of mind as the Indian cricket team have never complained about tackling suitable green tops to couturiers abroad.
The likes of former England captain Michael Vaughan called the Chepauk pitch, used for the second test, “under-prepared”, but India had two centurions with three players scoring half-tons in two innings and 180 and more.
“If you’re talking about the field, I don’t think a bullet hit the helmet. Normal rotation is suggested. We’re playing on the same track and scoring points, so I don’t think anyone should have any issues and feel that the wicket is like this or that and so on, ”said Axar.
The 27-year-old left-arm Gujarat, whose first Test is also his 50th international game for India, has searched English commentators and media for their take on Chepauk’s surface.
“Also, when we go overseas we never complained while playing on a sewing track and complained that there was more grass on the wicket. I think people need to change their mindset rather than thinking about the box office, ”he said at the end of the day three play.
Axar explained that on this track you have to hit the deck hard in order to take advantage of the turn offer.
“At this counter, there is help for the spinners, so you don’t have to do anything more,” he said.
“When you put a little more effort and body into the ball, you spin the ball. When you hit hard on the bridge, you are the only one to spin the ball.
“If you release him slowly, there isn’t much help for slow bowlers. So it is important to hit the bridge with decent speed and this creates difficulties for the batsmen. If you play slowly, then the batsman will move back and adjust, ”Axar said.
So was India’s batting performance a statement to everyone who hiked the trail?
“When we play we don’t think the outside world matters to us and we would like to send a message. We played normal cricket. If it was the fourth day we would have thought to declare but it was the third day and we had enough time. We thought we had to fight for a long time, ”he mentioned the team’s strategy.
Having already picked up four wickets against Ravichandran Ashwin’s six in the game so far, injured Ravindra substitute Jadeja spoke of the respect he has for his senior national teammate and IPL.
“Ash and I have played cricket together a lot and I’ve learned a lot over the years about his mindset. We have different actions and variations, so we are generally talking about mentalities and working on different drummers.
He was in line for a debut in the first test, but a knee strike at the eleventh hour led him to be sidelined.
“I actually didn’t want to play my first game without doing anything and if I broke down in the middle of the game it would have put my team in trouble. It wouldn’t have been a good thing and I didn’t want it to happen.
“So it was a conscious decision taken after consulting the physiotherapist. I was frustrated, but the positive side is that I could give my 100% in the second game.