Seeking to level the four-game test streak after their loss in Game 1, the Indian spinners, particularly Ravichandran Ashwin, had the England batsmen on the ropes on day 2 of Game 2 on a pitch that offers tweakers a turn vicious and bounce back.
It all started with a tweet from Vaughan after England’s innings started to crumble in response to India’s total of 329 first innings.
“It’s entertaining cricket because things happen all the time, but let’s be honest this Pitch is a shock … I can’t find any excuse as India has been better, but it’s not a prepared Pitch for the 5 Day Test Match … “Vaughan tweeted.
It’s entertaining cricket because things happen all the time, but let’s be honest this Pitch is a shock .. Not m… https://t.co/ZyGvOnWwM8
– Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 1613285336000
In response, Warne pointed out that Indian opener Rohit Sharma, with his brilliant 161 on day one, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant showed how to hit on this type of surface and added that conditions were the same for both teams.
“Come on maaaaaate! The last days of the first test the wicket started to explode and no one said a word on the pitch as India had no chance. At least this test was the same for both of them Ball teams one. Eng bowled badly and Rohit, Pant and Jinx showed how to fight, ”Warne wrote.
Go maaaaaate! During the last days of the 1st test, the ticket office started to explode and no one said a word about the… https://t.co/Ro3F28mltk
– Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) 1613292826000
In another post on the social networking site, the great Australian spin said: “There is no difference between stitching and spinning the ball. We always want a fair fight between the bat / the ball. ”
“India beat and played better than England in this game – singles. Conditions have been the same for both sides from the first ball. But it’s overdone and in favor of the ball.”
There is no difference between stitching / rotating the ball. We always want a fair fight between bat and ball. India ha… https://t.co/BGkpA6uV5X
– Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) 1613293379000
Previously Vaughan, who is very active on social media, said: “It didn’t do as much for 2 sessions … Spun but not like what he does now … India would have drawn the first Testing if they had hit something like in the 1st inning … This is not a good testing ground.
It didn’t do as much for 2 sessions … Spun but not like what it does now … India would have dr … https://t.co/S9VCGSRo60
– Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 1613287205000
For his part, Warne reiterated that India played better the first two days.
“The toss was more important to winning in the 1st test than this one because he didn’t do anything the first 2 days. Then exploded. This one was a ball turner one.
“Eng should have beaten India for 220. There is no difference between spinning or sewing and Rohit showed how to play on this surface,” said Warne.
Meanwhile, former England drummer Kevin Pietersen thought it was brave of India to prepare a rank turner like this.
“Such a brave wicket to prepare for a test match in India as India is down in the series. If India had lost the draw they would have lost 2-0. Very, very courageous! , @imVkohli, ”Pietersen tweeted.
Such a brave wicket to prepare for a test match in India when India is at the bottom of the series. If India had lost the … https://t.co/9T45iSLlaw
– Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@ KP24) 1613292740000