There was plenty of debate surrounding the pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium after the conclusion of play on day two. Many former players and fans called the pitch ‘unplayable’ for batsmen. The likes of Michael Vaughan and Mark Waugh had all tweeted about it. Plenty of experts and fans saying that the pitch took away the balance between bat and ball. They felt that the rank turner made life extremely difficult for the batters.
However, Ravichandran Ashwin put on an exhibition of exemplary batting on day 3. He showed that even on such a ‘rank-turner’, with proper application and grit, run-scoring was possible. In fact, India managed to score 615 runs which is by no means an indication of a pitch that is ‘unplayable’. Ashwin’s knock thereby firmly-hit home the fact that the pitch was not as difficult as some were making it out to be.
Virender Sehwag’s hilarious post
Following Ashwin’s excellent knock, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, who is known for his hilarious posts, came up with a fitting reply for those criticizing the Chepauk pitch. Sehwag had used a reference from the English movie, Marvel’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to silence the critics. Sehwag posted a picture of Hela with a renowned dialogue below. And morphed Ashwin’s face on the goddess of death’s.
The veteran off-spinner has been the hero of the game for the hosts so far. To follow up his heroics with the bat and ball in the first two innings, Ashwin has picked up three wickets in the final innings of the game. Thanks to some fantastic bowling from Ashwin and debutant Axar Patel, England have been reduced to 116 for seven at lunch. And India are well on the path to level the series.