The ongoing second Test between India and England has led to several debates and discussions on the issue of home advantage and preparing pitches that suit the hosts. After the debacle in the first Test which India lost with the pitch being flat while England were batting, playing a big role in the same, the groundsmen went for a rank turner for the second Test that started turning right from day 1.
The English batsmen hence, found it very difficult to cope against the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin as they folded for 134. The Indian batters struggled a bit in the first innings as well but Rohit Sharma’s attacking 161 led the way for what could be a match-winning performance. Now, former cricketers Michael Vaughan and Shane Warne have engaged in a debate on Twitter about the Chennai pitch.
Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan argue
Former England captain Michael Vaughan started the conversation by stating that the pitch wasn’t a ‘Test match 5 day prepared pitch’ after calling it a ‘shocker’. Shane Warne then replied stating that the pitch has been a turner from the first day and hence, England could’ve done better by not letting Rohit Sharma score big.
Michael Vaughan then reiterated his points by stating that the pitch wasn’t a turner from ball one but only after the first two sessions were over. Shane Warne once again retorted saying, “Come on maaaaaate ! The last few days of the 1st test, the wicket started exploding & no one said a word about the pitch when India had no chance. At least this test it’s been the same for both teams from ball one. Eng bowled poorly & Rohit, Pant and Jinx showed how to bat.”
India will resume tomorrow on 54/1 with a lead of 249 runs.