India vs England: Ball was slipping, so plan was to go from wicket to wicket, says Axar Patel | Cricket News

AHMEDABAD: Axar Patel, the Indian left arm spinner, said on Wednesday that his plan to throw a wicket-to-wicket on a “slippery” Motera surface paid him rich dividends on the opening day of the third test of day and night against England here.
Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin made the most of Motera’s rotating pitch at the recently opened Narendra Modi Stadium to regroup England for 112 in their opening innings in just 48.4 times after the visitors chose to beat.

Patel (21.4-6-38-6) notched his second five for his second test while Ashwin (16-6-26-3) took three.
“When things are going for you, you have to capitalize. My goal was to go from wicket to wicket and use the help offered. In Chennai, the ball was not slipping. But here it was a slippage that took place. resulted in more LBW decisions, “Axar said at the press conference after the match of the day.
“The pink ball had more reflections so it slid more after the throw. I had more slippage on that wicket than Chennai.”

Axar said he was confident to do well here after his performance in the second test in Chennai, where he picked up five wickets in his debut.
“I didn’t expect to pick six wickets on opening day, but obviously I was confident after picking up five wickets in Chennai,” he said.
“Chennai’s performance gave me the confidence that I can do well with the pink ball and if the wickets support it I can put the batsmen in trouble.”

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In photos: Axar, Rohit put India ahead against England in the pink ball test

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Spinner Axar Patel notched a career record 6-38 as India beat England by 112 points on opening day to get into the box for the third day and night test in Ahmedabad on Wednesday . (Photo BCCI)

He revealed that contrary to expectations the ball wasn’t spinning much and that is why he and Ashwin focused on bowling on the stumps.
Axar said the ball was slipping more, he focused on underestimating his deliveries.
“The wicket was slipping so I was focusing more on the undershot of the ball. I tried to play a lot faster so I could take more advantage of the new ball,” he said.

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