Joe Root vs Rohit Sharma – India vs England Pink Ball Test Wicket: Joe Root complained that the crowd had been short-changed by the wicket during the third Test. According to Root ‘wicket was a real shame’. Countering him India’s opening batsman has declared, ‘wickets had no demons’. In the Ahmedabad test on Thursday, England crashed to a 10-wicket defeat in a little over five sessions – the shortest completed Test since 1935.
Seventeen wickets fell on a frantic day in Ahmedabad, which began with Root taking an incredible five for eight as India collapsed to 145. But his team were then skittled for 81, handing the hosts a 2-1 lead ahead of next week’s final Test. The result means England can no longer reach the final of the World Test Championship in June.
‘It’s a real shame because it’s a fantastic stadium, 40,000 people have come to watch a brilliant, iconic Test match and I feel for them,’ he said. ‘They came to watch Virat Kohli face Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jack Leach, and Ravichandran Ashwin against our top batsmen like Ben Stokes.
‘You look at Ishant Sharma playing his 100th game – he’s bowled a minimal amount of overs. Or Jasprit Bumrah. You’re looking at some of the best bowlers in the world. I almost feel like the fans have been robbed. Instead they had to watch me get wickets on there, which shouldn’t be the case.’
India vs England 3rd Test Wicket: Rohit Sharma counters Root, ’wicket did not had any demons’
Countering Root, Rohit Sharma had his own take on the wicket. Rohit defended the pitch, saying there were no real demons on it and batsmen from both sides made mistakes that led to an incredibly early finish.Speaking about the much criticized pitch, Rohit Sharma said it was nice to bat on when settled and batsmen needed more concentration and the right approach to scoring runs.
“To be honest, on a pitch like that.. the pitch didn’t do anything. If I can recollect, most of the batsmen got out to straighter deliveries. Not just them, we, as a batting unit, made a lot of mistakes. We didn’t bat well in the first innings. The pitch had nothing as such, no such demons as we call. It was a nice pitch to bat on, once you’re in, you can score runs as well,” Rohit said during a virtual press conference.
“But again, you just need to apply and keep concentrating on a pitch like that. To score runs, you need more concentration on a pitch like that,” he added.
India vs England: SHORTEST Completed Test since 1935
Only 140.2 overs were bowled over 4 innings as the Pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad ended in little over 5 sessions. This was the first time England lost a Test inside 2 days since 1912 as it became the shortest completed Test since 1935.
England were bundled out for 112 in the first innings despite having won the toss and opted to bat. In response, India rode on a Rohit Sharma fifty and got to Stumps on Day 1 at 99 for 3. However, they lost wickets in a hurry on Thursday morning, eventually getting bundled out for 145.
England, after having done all the hard work with the ball, failed to seize the initiative as they were restricted to 81 in their 2nd innings. Axar Patel picked up 11 wickets and R Ashwin 7 as India spinners dominated once again in the Test series.
Rohit hit 66 in just 96 balls in the first innings, which eventually proved to be the difference in the end. Rohit looked comfortable as long as he was out in the middle but he got out while trying to play a sweep shot against Jack Leach on Day 2 morning.
India will head into the 4th and final Test, starting March 4 in Ahmedabad with an opportunity to make it 3-1 and seal a berth in the final of the World Test Championship.