With the pitches used for the second and third Test of the ongoing series between India and England being the talk of the town, former Zimbabwe cricketer Tatenda Taibu has also weighed in with his views albeit in a hilarious manner. The pitch has been hogging all the attention since the second Test in Chennai.
The MA Chidambaram track invited criticism after it assisted spinners right from Day 1. The balls were bursting through the surface with great regularity and turning big time constantly as India thrashed the visitors by 317 runs to draw level in the series. England’s batsmen failed to get going in both the innings, scoring 134 and 164.
The criticism has only increased after the third Test ended inside two days. Only 842 balls were bowled while 30 wickets fell in just over a day and a half as India thrashed the visitors to take an unassailable lead in the series. The match was the shortest completed Test since 1935. Batsmen from both sides struggled to do well on a pitch where the turn was more sporadic.
England won a good toss but failed to capitalize on it and were all out for just 112. More often than not, they were beaten by the straighter deliveries on the tough track. India could not do well either and were all out for just 145. In the second innings, England’s performance was even worse as they were bundled for 81 – their lowest total against India. Set a target of 49, India then chased down the total with ease.
Tatenda Taibu posts a hilarious tweet
As India and England gear up for the crucial fourth Test amid the debate over the pitches, Tatenda Taibu took to Twitter to predict what sort of pitch could be on offer for the game. The former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman posted a morphed image of Virat Kohli and Joe Root sitting in a field that was being tilled by a tractor.
“Looks like both Captains are interested in the 4th test pitch,” wrote Tatenda Taibu.
Here is the tweet from the former cricketer
Looks like both Captains are interested in the 4th test pitch. 😁 pic.twitter.com/qZK3Oeqtzm
— Tatenda Taibu (@taibu44) February 26, 2021
Meanwhile, India need just a draw in the upcoming game to clinch the series as well as book their place in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. The fourth Test is scheduled to be played from March 4 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
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