India captain Virat Kohli has put a full-stop on the debate surrounding the Ahmedabad pitch as he believes it has gone too long and everyone should accept the fact that spin is an essential factor for Test cricket that too in the sub-continent.
Kohli gave the example of India’s tour of New Zealand in early 2020, where they lost 0-2 to the host, where both Tests ended within three days. He further added that all people were talking about the performance and not the pitch as well.
“Let me ask you a question – do we play matches so that they last 5 days or do we play to win? We lost in New Zealand inside 3 days. No one said anything about the pitch back then. Our strength is we focus on ourselves and not the pitch. We need to be honest with ourselves about this narrative (of spinning tracks),” Virat Kohli said on the eve of the fourth Test at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.
It all started when the third Test match between India and England in Ahmedabad finished within two days and India won by 10 wickets as well. After that, everyone shared their opinions on the pitch which also included several former cricketers. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s deputy Ajinkya Rahane has supported his captain’s words and shared how relating their performance to the nature of a pitch is unfair, and Virat Kohli feels the same as well.
“I believe there is too much noise about spinning tracks. Our media should present the view that spinning tracks are fine in the subcontinent. The reason behind our success as a team is that we haven’t cribbed about any surface we have played on. We have always tried to improve,” the India captain again shared.
“No clue why the focus is so much on the ball or the pitch. Neither sides batsmen were good enough to tackle the pitch in 3rd Test. I maintain it was a case of the skill on display rather than the pitch being a bad one,” he concluded.