Indian skipper Virat Kohli criticized the drummers’ lack of technical application after the host team beat England by 10 wickets in the third test at Motera in a two-day affair.
Speaking after what was the shortest completed test match since 1935, Kohli said: “To be honest I don’t think the bat quality was at all up to the standards of both teams. The ball was coming in. fine yesterday and the weird ball was spinning. The stick was below par on both sides. It was weird that out of 30 wickets, 21 were straight ball. “
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“It was due to a lack of focus or playing for the round and beating on the inside. Test cricket is all about – it’s a classic example of batsmen not applying enough,” said Kohli said at the post-match press conference.
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Modern day legend
With the series level at 1-1 and a final World Testing Championship (WTC) spot on the line, Kohli relied on his spinners to get the job done on deteriorating ground. Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his 400th test wicket while Axar Patel finished with an 11 wicket transport. Kohli acknowledged the duo’s record strokes. “A lot of people were relieved when Jaddu was injured that this guy (Axar) comes in and plays faster than Jadeja at this height. I don’t know what Gujaratis are and the left arm rotation is. We all have to stand up. and be proud of what Ashwin brought. I told him I will call him leg (legend) from today on, he’s a modern day legend, “Kohli said.
India sat atop the World Test Championship standings while England were knocked out of the race.
Here’s what Joe Root had to say after the game.
“We were 70 for 2 in the first rounds. But we didn’t capitalize on the start after winning the draw. 250 on that wicket would have been a good score. We will come back as a better team. The plastic coating on the ball accelerated over the wicket. It was also high quality bowling. Both teams struggled on that wicket. We don’t define ourselves on a performance like this. We shouldn’t have baggage from previous games before the last game. Also, congratulations to Ishant Sharma for 100 tests and R. Ashwin for 400 test wickets. I think this surface was very difficult. It is not for the players to decide if it is tailored or not and it’s up to par at the ICC. ”