Ashwin century makes England toil
15/02/2021 | sport | cricket | 1,903
A century from local hero Ravichandran Ashwin heaps misery on England in the second Test against India in Chennai.
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15/02/2021 11:42:21 24 19
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England fans and media..''This pitch is unacceptable..totally biased in favour of the bowlers''...next day..England bowlers leathered to the car-parks
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15/02/2021 11:49:16 22 27
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You're precisely the reason that people do not like your side. You were not gloating after the first test, so why don't you 'bore-off' and go back to your crappy T-20 dross?
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15/02/2021 12:26:58 5 0
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Fair point. If your number 8 can get a ton, it’s clearly not a minefield.
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15/02/2021 12:35:02 4 3
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Let's see what you do in the summer back in blighty..then you can comment.
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15/02/2021 12:42:40 3 0
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Just like your bowlers in the first test
15/02/2021 17:54:26 1 0
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Nine of the Indian batsmen did nothing!
15/02/2021 18:29:01 0 1
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Are you related to that arrogant skipper of yours no class.
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15/02/2021 11:42:42 5 5
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Sibs must go home
15/02/2021 19:16:22 0 0
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Ahead of burns? Sibley v successful last summer and good innings in SL. Not easy here but apart from root all finding it hard. Sorry, for me burns is the man hovering above the trap door
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15/02/2021 11:42:51 30 12
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How bad is that pitch, Aggers?
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15/02/2021 11:48:32 38 40
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his article will magically disappear soon...English entitlement at it's worst.
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15/02/2021 12:30:50 3 3
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I think he should retract his statement before India sue him for damages to their reputation throughout the world
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15/02/2021 11:42:51 8 5
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Fantastic from Ashwin today and great to see a crowd enjoying it. Ashwin’s innings showed this pitch is playable. I hope england can put a large partnership together tomorrow and frustrate India.
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15/02/2021 11:43:11 6 7
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Fantastic day / test for India congrats. Better in every department.

Kohli is one of those players you would just love to have in your side.
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15/02/2021 11:43:27 6 2
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Maksi, you will need a lot of stamina tonight. Have a couple of fish finger sandwiches to get you through the evening.
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15/02/2021 12:35:01 0 0
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Not sure what to read into that ??.

Yes he be chittering away like many I guess.
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15/02/2021 11:43:41 71 13
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He's a handy player, but could Ashwin do it on a cold, rainy night in Stoke?
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Jay
15/02/2021 11:47:24 28 24
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Probably not but who cares.
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15/02/2021 12:15:42 8 1
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They Stop play when it rains.
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ben
15/02/2021 12:49:44 2 0
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is there a team/ground ib stoke?
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15/02/2021 12:58:50 4 1
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Ashwin averages close to 40 against England. So would fit right into the current English team even on a cold rainy night I assume?
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15/02/2021 14:08:45 0 0
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No, there’s no cricket in the rain. Hope that helps ??
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15/02/2021 14:27:20 0 0
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Obviously not, who could lol
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15/02/2021 14:30:00 1 0
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Possibly, only because he does have GOOD BATTING TECHNIQUE!! Give him as many matches as he does in HIS HOME GROUND, and the answer changes to an emphatic YES!!
15/02/2021 15:58:53 0 0
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Stoke does not host any test matches.
15/02/2021 16:01:27 0 0
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They don't play at night and /or if its raining.
15/02/2021 16:08:01 1 0
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Change the player from Ashwin to Root. Now ask the same question.
15/02/2021 16:10:06 1 0
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All the this, that and the other aside. If the ICC sanctioned a day/nighter in Stoke’s Tesco car park and it was already slightly mizzling when they started so didn’t bother coming off. Then yeah he could do it, but only if it was a Tuesday night.
15/02/2021 17:38:03 0 0
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Did you think this question through?
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tc
15/02/2021 11:44:15 4 11
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Root is a disgrace..should have walked...knew he was out.
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15/02/2021 11:59:38 6 2
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why is he out ... he is not stuck in the line of the ball? Is not that the reuirement for LBW? even the ball tracking says it is only half-half that he was stuck in line ?
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15/02/2021 12:28:19 2 3
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He was very, very fortunate. It looked like it hit his pad in front of middle ?? how Hawkeye decided impact was outside the line I’ll never know.
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15/02/2021 13:16:30 1 0
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What does it say in the scorebook???
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15/02/2021 11:44:25 9 2
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Some frustrating cricket from England today. Foakes stood up to Broad -which showed tremendous skill, but he missed the chance he created. And with Kuldeep out & two right handers at the crease, Leach should’ve been straight back on, but Root persisted with Broad, who seemed off pace. Then with Leach and Moeen turning the old ball nicely, Root took the new ball which conceded 40 runs in 6 overs.
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15/02/2021 13:32:45 1 0
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Don't think that 40 runs is going to matter....do you ?
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15/02/2021 14:36:47 1 0
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Haha yeah, that new ball getting tonked all over snuck in under the radar a bit. Leach and Mo were turning the old one square, poor decision to replace it ??
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15/02/2021 11:44:29 149 31
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Kohli not exactly covering himself in glory this match. Refusing to walk when bowled, arguing with the umpire on the pitch. You wonder if India would have actually won down under if he’d stayed - this is like watching Australia not the magnificent India team that stood up to all that and beat them.
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15/02/2021 11:51:03 153 16
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Such a shame to see a talented cricketer show such arrogance. He should take a leaf out of Root’s book - when the third umpire made his howlers earlier in the match, Root shook his head but just got on with it.
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15/02/2021 11:52:24 12 42
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Kohli had every right to question Root's decision especially after he himself was given LBW to umpires call.
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15/02/2021 12:03:04 30 2
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He's all wound up because his job as captain was being questioned. Arguing with the ump today was very poor, no excuses. Bad example for kids.
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15/02/2021 12:04:12 44 2
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Kohli is one of those people that has been coveted for so long he starts to believe he is above it all. Neymar is another good example of it - when something doesn't go his way, he just can't fathom it and screams at the officials. Both are great at what they do, but lack humility at times.

We're living in the times of the ultra-narcissist (Trump being the ultimate). VK is just another.
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15/02/2021 12:06:44 34 3
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The guy is a punk. Undoubtedly a talented batsman but his attitude and temperament let him down. He could take a leaf out of Tendulkar’s book by showing some grace and humility. The Indian supporters go wild when he takes a single and will of course disagree, but the rest of world cricket can see him for the brat he is
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15/02/2021 12:17:28 31 3
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I thought Kohli had changed and was determined to play this test series in the right spirit after what happened in Australia. How wrong was I. He is still the same arrogant individual that we all despise. Great cricketer. But not a great person
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15/02/2021 12:23:32 2 3
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May be Kohli is taking the leaf out of Australia's book. It is how they will behave down under in Ashes.
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15/02/2021 12:23:54 13 2
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Virat Kohli is a very annoying man. His antics are abrasive and rude, and he acts like a fool.
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AB
15/02/2021 12:43:23 5 2
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Agreed.
Kohl is a very good batsman but as a captain and a cricket professional... Hmmm !!
Cannot believe he didn't walk and then didn't he use up a review to check that he was bowled.
I appreciate the Root decision was very questionable... but his display as a player, let alone as the captain was appalling.
Think's he is above the game...
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15/02/2021 13:25:12 1 1
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Virat shouldn't worry: he has 2 days to bowl England out in, on a pitch they couldn't last much more than 2 days on in the first innings.
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Tom
15/02/2021 13:48:33 1 2
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100% agree - Kohli should stop behaving like the great English and Ozzie players from 1980- 2000.
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15/02/2021 13:55:19 0 3
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Also arguing with the umpire on the field is an under-recognized English innovation: Mike Gatting at Faisalabad in 1987 (effectively lost the series by it, too).
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VSM
15/02/2021 13:59:56 2 1
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I completely agree with you, its painful to watch, there is playing the game hard and then there is being obnoxiously aggressive. Complete contrasting characters Rahane and Kohli are, and I too think how he would have reacted in Australia.
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15/02/2021 14:08:30 2 1
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Just to be clear, it was the Umpire who requested a TV replay of his first innings dismissal; Kohli merely waited to have it confirmed. The" Im the king of all I survey" mentality came out today however
15/02/2021 15:13:50 2 1
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People are honestly surprised by Kohli's behaviour this Test? He's ALWAYS been an abrasive player, and has become worse as captain.
15/02/2021 15:24:41 1 1
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that is a superb observation.....having the right attitude and positive leadership makes a massive difference and seems to be lacking since the return from Oz.
15/02/2021 16:03:56 2 3
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Kohli inquired if he was stumped or bowled and the umpire asked him to stay while he checked that. If you cannot understand that simple fact, you can draw whatever conclusion you like to.
15/02/2021 17:12:35 0 0
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How distant were those times when the umpire's decision was final!
15/02/2021 18:24:01 1 0
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Couldn’t agree more, I think it’s good to be combative but he goes over the top with the arrogance and let’s he team down.
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15/02/2021 11:44:32 82 10
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If their number 8 can get a ton then it’s clearly not the minefield everyone says it is.

Good effort from Mo, nearly half the Indian wickets and getting Kohli and Rahane both innings. Deserves a break from criticism today.
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15/02/2021 12:02:15 35 0
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Moeen’s bowling to Kohli has been terrific -especially today with his switch to round the wicket. It’s odd that Kohli has struggled with the off spinners this series -he has a great record
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15/02/2021 12:06:04 5 3
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Yes Mo started to get some rhythm back finally. Pitch is poor and it's Ashwin's back yard.
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15/02/2021 12:14:03 7 2
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Well to be fair Ashwin was playing on his home ground and averages forty against England. So it is not really much of a surprise that he scored a lot of runs today
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15/02/2021 14:30:54 1 0
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The number 8 should have been promoted to 6, as he's ACTUALLY A BETTER BATSMAN THAN 6 AND 7!! AND HE'S AT HIS HOME GROUND!!!!!!!
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15/02/2021 14:33:14 5 1
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Yes, Moeen bowled well today and deserves credit
15/02/2021 15:47:18 6 0
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That would certainly make a change. Vaughan, in particular, never misses a chance to complain about Moeen. He tried to get him dropped years ago and still bears a grudge about it.
15/02/2021 16:27:26 1 0
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Totally agree.
15/02/2021 17:12:43 0 0
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Ashwin could play without pressure. Apart from Kohli none of the other much vaunted Indian batting line up did anything. Even Pant was pants!
15/02/2021 17:33:01 4 1
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Moeen Ali is and has been a class act. In my opinion he is the only quality English cricketer that has been greatly unappreciated.
15/02/2021 18:27:44 0 0
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Did you watch this game, the pitch is challenging, but England were already beaten when India posted a 300 lead. Ashwin played well in the circumstances.
15/02/2021 19:35:41 0 1
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Moeen went for 128 runs in the first innings and for 98 in the second. Not that impressive to be honest. And Leach's figures aren't much better.
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15/02/2021 11:44:36 8 6
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Indias session
Indias day
Indias match (maybe 1 half session)

Well done

ps Root was amazingly 'lucky' at the end - should have been out
- England fan
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tc
15/02/2021 11:46:41 4 7
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was not luck tho, he cheated..he should have walked...but that doesnt fit the narrative. I am not an indian or english fan. just shocking from root and the umpires.
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ken
15/02/2021 11:44:46 11 4
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Well if England avoid defeat then they know they have at least 180 overs to face, because India WILL bowl them.
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15/02/2021 11:44:49 10 4
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Pitch was placid for Ashwin. Now when England bat it's a minefiled again. How its condition changes between innings!

What roller is Joe Root asking for?
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15/02/2021 12:52:33 1 4
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You wait what happens in the next test when Broad and Anderson are bowling the pink ball around corners. India will come out saying that Test matches should be played with a red ball and not under floodlights
15/02/2021 16:31:03 0 0
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??????
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15/02/2021 11:45:19 8 16
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This test match has been a joke from ball 1.

A disgraceful surface prepared by the grounds man, Kohli with his unacceptable berating of the umpires today at the end and the third umpire who is totally incompetent. Then the Root lbw.

I hope the ICC deal with all parties concerned, and heavily sanction India for producing a sub standard dustbowl.
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tc
15/02/2021 11:47:27 4 5
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nothing to fine them for, if england dont want to tour...then dont tour.
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RSK
15/02/2021 11:49:07 4 4
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Disgraceful pitch? India have scored 600 runs on it, test match has gone 4 days!
The only thing disgraceful has been the umpires!
Kohli is out of order but think anyone would be mad after that shocking decision with Root
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15/02/2021 11:51:15 4 4
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Did you demand the ICC inspect the surface when we beat Aussies in 4 days at Headingly and the Oval in '19?
How about the 3 day test against Ireland at Lords?

Did you moan about the Edgbaston, Lords and Rose Bowl surfaces that only produced 4 days tests again Indian in '18. Oh hang on we won them all....
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15/02/2021 11:53:23 2 4
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A disgraceful surface that our old man batting at number 8 cruised to a quite frankly, embarrassingly easy 100 on? OK then.
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15/02/2021 11:53:55 2 3
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Seriously - this is the excuse you can come up with????
If pitch was so bad then how India managed to score in 2nd innings (with Ashwin scoring century)
Can you talk about performance of England team? Does it hurt to talk about reality?
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15/02/2021 11:55:24 0 3
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Yes Sir! Would you like some orange juice?
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15/02/2021 12:16:17 3 3
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You were fine with Stokes berating umpires decision to give a boundary of his fielding. Or Root being a cry baby over those decisions on previous days?
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15/02/2021 12:53:57 0 1
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Spoiler ahead - RANT is on...
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Tom
15/02/2021 13:40:15 0 1
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Kohli grow up dude, you are now a dad, stop copying the English players behaviour. This has to stop.
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15/02/2021 11:45:35 4 4
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I think we can all agree that it’s now 1-1, right let’s move and learn from it! Let’s at least see some grit, passion and skill. If we go down with 250/300 that’s a good performance, just don’t get skittled for 100/150...

Next test is with a pink ball (we should that one), make it 2-1 and take it down to the last one for a shootout for the Test Champ Final
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15/02/2021 11:45:36 125 29
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Damn pitch. Errrrrr wait. No it was the umpires. Damn umpires. Errrrrr wait. Damn Indians.
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15/02/2021 13:02:02 15 21
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As I've said often our spinners are a joke
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15/02/2021 13:15:31 3 1
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Not really funny at all. Certainly not true for cricket fans.
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15/02/2021 13:24:30 3 11
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The pitch is unsuitable, the umpires are incompetent, India have had much the better of the contest
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15/02/2021 11:44:36 8 6
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Indias session
Indias day
Indias match (maybe 1 half session)

Well done

ps Root was amazingly 'lucky' at the end - should have been out
- England fan
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tc
15/02/2021 11:46:41 4 7
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was not luck tho, he cheated..he should have walked...but that doesnt fit the narrative. I am not an indian or english fan. just shocking from root and the umpires.
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15/02/2021 12:05:43 2 0
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It would have been shocking if Root walked for an LBW decision! It does seem an odd decision, but the angle of the camera made it appear as if Root was hit bang in front of off -whereas Hawkeye showed it to be marginal
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Tom
15/02/2021 13:46:07 1 0
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Yes, it is fine for an English batsmen not to walk, but the same ones reporting / commenting will look to vilify anyone else
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15/02/2021 11:46:56 6 6
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Looks like Virat Kohli is back to his usual self. Who said that this series was played in fantastic spirit
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tc
15/02/2021 11:49:25 3 2
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no different to english players in england.
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15/02/2021 12:20:07 0 0
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Still better and Stokes and Root.
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15/02/2021 11:46:59 9 7
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shocking from the umpires...Root was gone.
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15/02/2021 13:05:19 1 0
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It does appear to be a shocking decision -it was clearly going to hit the stumps -but it was correct to the laws of cricket. Root played a shot, so he can’t be out as the impact wasn’t in line with the stumps. Hawkeye showed it to be extremely marginal -but it was the correct decision. The camera angle from behind the bowler made it appear more plumb than it would’ve appeared to the umpire.
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15/02/2021 13:16:20 0 0
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Look at the scorebook!
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15/02/2021 11:43:41 71 13
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He's a handy player, but could Ashwin do it on a cold, rainy night in Stoke?
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Jay
15/02/2021 11:47:24 28 24
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Probably not but who cares.
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15/02/2021 13:25:07 0 0
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Fantastic riposte. Ha ha...
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15/02/2021 11:45:19 8 16
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This test match has been a joke from ball 1.

A disgraceful surface prepared by the grounds man, Kohli with his unacceptable berating of the umpires today at the end and the third umpire who is totally incompetent. Then the Root lbw.

I hope the ICC deal with all parties concerned, and heavily sanction India for producing a sub standard dustbowl.
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tc
15/02/2021 11:47:27 4 5
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nothing to fine them for, if england dont want to tour...then dont tour.
Previously, India would get the fag end of the season n 2 lousy tests. Now, England chase India like a dirty old uncle chasing a young beauty, begging for a game.

Stop touring India if you can't handle it. India doesnt need test cricket

The amount of bullying and racketeering the ECB had excercised over cricket, India are nowhere near that type of power abuse

Poms, stop your moaning
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15/02/2021 11:47:29 7 6
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So what will be the excuse today? Kohli was given out on umpires call, Axar too. And Root was plumb but not given. Clearly umpires were intimidated by all that happened on previous two days and dreaded to give close calls to India. Now will anyone call this cheating?
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tc
15/02/2021 11:48:59 9 15
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joe root knew he was out...he should have walked...filthy attitude.
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15/02/2021 11:47:36 2 6
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Ashwin got a century because england wanted india to bat long as possible to reduce the time they had to bat and also to tire ashwin so that his bowling suffered when england did bat.
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tc
15/02/2021 11:48:28 3 2
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its worked a treat.
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15/02/2021 11:47:43 13 12
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England should stick to beating down on Sri Lanka and the Windies

They ain't got the minerals to challenge the big dogs of test cricket
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15/02/2021 11:50:14 6 5
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well said
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15/02/2021 12:10:35 0 0
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MUG....there not exactly beating the West Indies, last 2 series gone to home team and can't see them winning next time their in the arrival!!!
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15/02/2021 12:14:05 0 1
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Despite being 1-0 up in India... Strange comment.
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Tom
15/02/2021 13:00:42 0 0
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Waiting for India's visit this summer ;)
15/02/2021 22:58:14 0 0
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So the scotch should stick to playing womens football teams then?
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15/02/2021 11:47:48 4 4
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The team for the third match is absolutely crucial. Even though it is a day night match, one would imagine India will prepare a raging turner, given the second Test. Therefore, the seamers England pick should be all-rounders or extreme pace merchants, with a couple of spinners. The batting of Woakes or Curran should be worth more in such a selection than Broad, who never produces in India.
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India robbed of Roots wicket, I’m going to spend all day moaning about it and make long list of people to complain to like a big girls blouse!

On a serious note, great day for India, who thought we’d get a 4th day (I did), a number 8 scoring a test century on a supposedly unplayable pitch and Rory Burns not getting a duck!

Jonathan Agnew, go lie down and please never get back up!
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RSK
15/02/2021 11:54:51 2 1
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????
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15/02/2021 11:59:06 1 3
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“Jonathan Agnew, go lie down and please never get back up”? Maybe you’re not great with words but that doesn’t read very well in terms of its tone
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15/02/2021 12:02:47 0 1
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He might have talked some rubbish today but to say that about a broadcaster of Aggers' quality is outrageous. Disagree with his opinion all you like but that comment is very poor.
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Sr
15/02/2021 12:04:29 1 0
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Totally agree. Umpires are only human argument will come out with the decision of Root
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Tom
15/02/2021 12:57:34 1 0
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Oh come on don't be like Moan-athon Aggers :)
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Tom
15/02/2021 12:58:53 1 0
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Imagine losing after getting an extra 'batsman' - ouch :) :)
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15/02/2021 11:48:18 194 33
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Hey guys. Can someone tell me how Ravi Ashwin managed to score century on a pitch that is so poor for batting
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15/02/2021 11:56:05 157 9
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Isn't it obvious?

BCCI swapped the pitch when England were batting.
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15/02/2021 11:57:04 12 5
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He must be used to playing on 'sand' is my guess.
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15/02/2021 11:57:18 19 19
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Ashwin was dropped 3 times during his innings. Plus it’s easier to bat where there is no pressure on you to score. Risk free batting.
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15/02/2021 12:30:13 7 11
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"How score century"? Well, IF you try reading the report, at least 3 lives would help? Maybe you've never played. Assuming not, you likely also don't know that ANY Test pitch where spinners are on after just a couple of overs in the FIRST Innings, let alone the second, isn't merely suspicious . . .oh, & add that to local on-field & third Umpires who don't know the rules, that's beyond suspicious.
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15/02/2021 12:40:57 6 12
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If my team had been beaten so badly in the 1st Test it felt like the only chance of getting back in the series was to rig the pitch, the last thing I’d do is come on here gloating about it.
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15/02/2021 13:05:49 2 1
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Ask Aggers the BBC expert
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15/02/2021 13:08:13 0 0
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Just like every other team winning against WBA but not Liverpool.
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15/02/2021 13:56:03 0 2
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He should have been out on 4 occasions. So the answer to your question is: LUCK.
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15/02/2021 14:22:13 0 1
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Ashwin's from Chennai, so that helps right there. He played first-class cricket at MA Chindambaram Stadium and his IPL team, until recently WAS THE CHENNAI SUPER KINGS!!! It's like Mumbai and Sachin, or Maharastra(Mumbai and Pune) for Rohit Sharma as he's from Nagpur
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15/02/2021 14:32:06 1 1
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Yep England dropped him 3 times he just got his average every time he got a life.
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15/02/2021 16:23:44 1 0
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Ashwin did very well, but it becomes a bit easier when you lead by 350 and have 2 around the bat rather than 5. And are facing Jack n' Mo (bless their wholehearted but substandard effort) and their spin coach (who struggled to get a game for NZ). India's debutant is better our best three. That said.... This Wicket demeans Cricket (it rhymes so it must be true).
15/02/2021 17:08:28 0 0
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Because he had no pressure on him and the ball was old. apart from Kohli none of the Indian batsmen did anything in the second innings. Even Pant was 'pants'.
15/02/2021 18:22:47 1 0
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It’s a game where mentality really matters, England had basically lost by the time Ashwin got in. They are tired and defeated, just like India in the last test.
15/02/2021 21:06:43 0 0
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Coz he's a lucky bugger. Always has been.
15/02/2021 21:20:34 0 0
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Some are attributing R Ashwin's display as LUCK. Though they won't explain how can one hit 14 fours and a six and stay on the wicket for 235 balls out of luck!
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15/02/2021 11:47:36 2 6
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Ashwin got a century because england wanted india to bat long as possible to reduce the time they had to bat and also to tire ashwin so that his bowling suffered when england did bat.
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tc
15/02/2021 11:48:28 3 2
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its worked a treat.
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Tom
15/02/2021 13:01:27 0 0
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Yet England are 3 down (nearly 4 down)
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15/02/2021 11:42:51 30 12
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How bad is that pitch, Aggers?
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15/02/2021 11:48:32 38 40
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his article will magically disappear soon...English entitlement at it's worst.
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15/02/2021 11:55:54 14 5
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Are you not English though vikram? You were born here Yes? I think maybe you are getting English confused for something else come on lad just say it
372
15/02/2021 12:37:33 6 8
bbc
Indian victimhood at its best. Following your captain's lead.
709
15/02/2021 13:40:39 6 3
bbc
What a racist comment!
901
15/02/2021 14:26:03 2 3
bbc
... what would English Entitlement have to do with a journo's article .... what is English Entitlement anyway? ... could it be the right to express any anti establishment view in public without fear of being imprisoned? ... why are you even raising this here? ... go onto Amnesty International's site if you have a problem. Keep it off a cricket article!
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15/02/2021 11:48:38 243 52
bbc
Jonathan Agnew chewing his words right now, telling ICC to get involved and all sorts. Ashwin has shut him up and has shown that skill and quality is what is needed to be successful on a pitch like this. Everyone knows it's a tough wicket, but it's those who are the best who rise to the occasion.
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tc
15/02/2021 11:51:27 142 52
bbc
Regardless of anything else, if your a touring side youve no right to moan about the pitches. Dont tour if your going to moan.
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15/02/2021 11:54:45 37 13
bbc
Jonathan Agnew has promised me, he will speak with ICC if the ball swings in English conditions & ask ICC to deduct points from England, when India tours England in Summer of 2021.
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15/02/2021 11:58:48 24 4
bbc
In fairness to Aggers/Vaughan and the rest. They are not saying that India is winning only because of the pitch. Simply that the balance between bat and ball leaves something to be desired. However, its not a minefield by any stretch. Saying that, and that India have by far been the better team is entirely coherent.
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15/02/2021 12:06:06 16 2
bbc
Skill, quality....and luck! He was dropped 3 times, England only have themselves to blame
209
15/02/2021 12:14:01 5 2
bbc
Yes the pitch is naughty but you have to play conditions. Shockingly when the ball goes a bit soft it gets easier to bat. Never seen that before.....

To show England mean business for rest of the tour they need to bat to the next new ball.
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15/02/2021 12:23:30 4 1
bbc
And that’s easy to say but no one who watches test cricket seriously would argue that a wicket whose surface is falling apart on the first day is a good wicket.
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Tom
15/02/2021 12:43:16 2 2
bbc
Jon 'the moan' aggers needs to do his day job ;). England went rootless in 1st innings and were nearly rootless in 2nd innings :)
414
15/02/2021 12:43:35 2 9
bbc
Ashwin was batting with a 350 run lead because England had to bat in day 5 conditions in their first innings... the ball was bursting through the surface on day 1 and was ridiculous on day 2. For it to be fair the pitch needs to at least hold up for similar conditions for both teams first innings. Who ever batted first in this game was always going to be the winner.
444
15/02/2021 12:48:29 2 3
bbc
I’m not sure you want an intelligent answer to that but I will try!.
Cricket is all about pressure. I didn’t think the Ashwin century was that great...
Once the Indian first innings was posted it was easy-the game was already won before he came out. So it was easy to throw the bat in 1D mode. So I no wouldn’t say Ashwin Knock validated the track as a good one-far from it.
527
15/02/2021 13:04:44 0 3
bbc
#8 ASHWIN scored a century, Mr. AGNEW should train beach boys from Southern California to play test cricket. Where is gooch, lamb, getting, cook, Peterson Strauss king of characters in England team.
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CSR
15/02/2021 13:12:40 4 3
bbc
Pitch spinning from day 1 gives no undue advantage to the team winning the toss. The pitch favors the brave from day 1. Makes it interesting for spectators
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ADG
15/02/2021 13:27:46 3 2
bbc
Vaughn and Aggers sound like Aussies, or are they just simply whinging poms?
703
15/02/2021 13:39:59 3 2
bbc
Jonathan Agnew is a tedious old bore. India’s performance should hopefully silence him at least for the time being.
786
15/02/2021 13:54:47 2 1
bbc
You do know Ashwin could have been out 4 times? That's not about skill and quality, its about luck. Keep an objective view.
15/02/2021 15:17:42 0 1
bbc
Win the toss, win the test. England win the toss and destroy India, India win the toss and destroy England.
15/02/2021 16:21:50 0 0
bbc
Fully agree with bone_tram
Jonathan Agnew was a mediocre player who never got appreciated. What does he know about Cricket??????
15/02/2021 16:33:52 0 0
bbc
Agnew is being unfairly criticised in all these posts. He is not blaming the pitch for the result. He's saying it is not a proper Test match pitch.
15/02/2021 17:06:34 0 0
bbc
Ashwin had no pressure on him and could afford to ride his luck with a tiring attack and an old ball. Apart from Kohli none of the other Indian batsmen did anything. England need a few batsmen to stay in and allow the ball to soften.
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15/02/2021 11:48:48 3 1
bbc
1-1 it is then.
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Tom
15/02/2021 12:41:35 0 0
bbc
You said it
23
15/02/2021 11:47:29 7 6
bbc
So what will be the excuse today? Kohli was given out on umpires call, Axar too. And Root was plumb but not given. Clearly umpires were intimidated by all that happened on previous two days and dreaded to give close calls to India. Now will anyone call this cheating?
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tc
15/02/2021 11:48:59 9 15
bbc
joe root knew he was out...he should have walked...filthy attitude.
187
15/02/2021 12:10:35 2 1
bbc
You mean like Kohli did when he was blatantly out in the first innings and refused to walk as well
746
15/02/2021 13:47:10 0 1
bbc
There's a big difference between not walking to a marginal umpires lbs and not walking when you have been clean bowled.
15
15/02/2021 11:45:19 8 16
bbc
This test match has been a joke from ball 1.

A disgraceful surface prepared by the grounds man, Kohli with his unacceptable berating of the umpires today at the end and the third umpire who is totally incompetent. Then the Root lbw.

I hope the ICC deal with all parties concerned, and heavily sanction India for producing a sub standard dustbowl.
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RSK
15/02/2021 11:49:07 4 4
bbc
Disgraceful pitch? India have scored 600 runs on it, test match has gone 4 days!
The only thing disgraceful has been the umpires!
Kohli is out of order but think anyone would be mad after that shocking decision with Root
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15/02/2021 11:49:10 4 4
bbc
To all those accusing umpires of cheating or systematic bias yesterday. Surely the Root decision at the end of the day tells you something? Umpiring is swings and roundabouts in cricket. Stick to football if you can't appreciate that!

Having said that, hope we see some runs from Stokes/Root tomorrow. Leach very impressive this test. Excellent knock from Ashwin
222
15/02/2021 12:15:40 3 1
bbc
India appealed for caught behind and DRS proved Root didnt hit it so correct decision. Third umpire then decided to look at LBW, so unlike in the India first innings, rolled the footage on but again DRS called it as umpires call on impact so not out. In Roots case he complained about not rolling on the video
1
15/02/2021 11:42:21 24 19
bbc
England fans and media..''This pitch is unacceptable..totally biased in favour of the bowlers''...next day..England bowlers leathered to the car-parks
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15/02/2021 11:49:16 22 27
bbc
You're precisely the reason that people do not like your side. You were not gloating after the first test, so why don't you 'bore-off' and go back to your crappy T-20 dross?
And you are the reason the shire folk are so roundly despised. Removed
15/02/2021 18:32:18 0 0
bbc
No class mate just like his arrogant skipper spoilt little Indian boy from the higher ranks of Indian society,
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15/02/2021 11:46:56 6 6
bbc
Looks like Virat Kohli is back to his usual self. Who said that this series was played in fantastic spirit
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tc
15/02/2021 11:49:25 3 2
bbc
no different to english players in england.
38
15/02/2021 11:49:25 11 2
bbc
I know there's concerns about the pitch and the umpiring but Ashwin shepherding the tail to a hundred on his home ground, with the crowd roaring every run, is what test cricket is all about!
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15/02/2021 11:49:32 50 28
bbc
Havent seen more biased commentators than Aggers and Vaughan. When Root was arguing about the third umpires decisions then it was fine and when Kohli does the same he is intimidating the umpires.
202
15/02/2021 12:13:00 50 4
bbc
Root wasn't arguing, he was asking for the third umpire to check the correct part of the delivery, which he failed to do.
215
15/02/2021 12:14:44 9 7
bbc
And no one said a word when Stokes was seen arguing the decision to give boundary of his fielding.
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Tom
15/02/2021 12:40:42 5 8
bbc
Simples - First world problems aka entitlement aka privilege
15/02/2021 15:00:13 5 1
bbc
Difference was Root wasn't arguing for the sake of it, which Kohli was doing.

Root was asking why the 3rd umpire didn't do his job correctly and watch all the available camera angles. Kohli was mouthing off to the on-field umpire about his not out LBW decision.
15/02/2021 17:40:03 2 0
bbc
You clearly don't listen to the Indian commentary on Channel 4. It is totally biased.
40
15/02/2021 11:49:38 6 2
bbc
Good to see the England batsmen playing so positively in this second innings knowing that they have no chance of winning or saving this test match
654
15/02/2021 13:29:43 0 0
bbc
Agree. I thought they might have got too frustrated when we went for 106/6 to 286. Their positive attack - even if it resulted in a few wickets - has at least changed the outlook from losing-to-frustration to 'fight till the end'.
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15/02/2021 11:49:52 281 51
bbc
India 615/20.
English spinners 15/442
England 187/13.
Indian spinners 10/126

You just can’t blame the pitch like Aggers keeps doing. The numbers don’t back it up!
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15/02/2021 12:04:46 40 129
bbc
India's score became irrelevant yesterday. All England needed to do was keep India at the crease for an hour or so until the end of play on day 3, at which point India would declare, leaving England the not inconsiderable challenge of batting through the final 2 days.
But England are so thick, they couldn't even keep Ashwin IN.
Ashwin was HAPPY to get out and put England in for the last half hour!
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15/02/2021 12:10:49 32 59
bbc
Clearly you have no idea about the game. the point Aggers et al are making is that India got best use out of a pitch that became a potato field after on day which is a disgrace. the BCCI should be reprimanded by the ICC for deliberate pitch preparation to suit their style of 'chuck ball' their 'spinners just fire the ball at the batsmen's pads, on a pitch which was crumbling on the first morning.
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15/02/2021 12:27:07 26 4
bbc
Hmm, agree that India have played better but your numbers are over-simplistic because of the advantage of batting first on this pitch and the psychology of batting third when you have a huge 1st innings lead. It isn't ALL the pitch but the toss was crucial and meant that India had a massive advantage
347
15/02/2021 12:32:52 6 15
bbc
I blame the pitch
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k
15/02/2021 12:44:01 12 19
bbc
Best use of the pitch on day 1 ... so why does the Indian team batter the English bowling in their 2nd innings ?! The pathetic excuses here and of Aggers and Vaughn don’t add up. They’re not going to produce a green top and bring in humidifiers to create a mist for the poor English team are they !
433
15/02/2021 12:46:49 12 8
bbc
The pitch is the same for both teams
A journeyman cricketer whose got a dream job telling everyone who’ll listen his average thoughts
450
15/02/2021 12:50:34 13 9
bbc
It's time for the BBC to get a new cricket correspondent - Aggers been in bed with the England players for too long.
506
15/02/2021 13:01:04 7 7
bbc
After is a bloody cry baby, except root, no body can play spin. Learn from ASHWIN
542
15/02/2021 13:07:01 10 2
bbc
Ashwin 76 tests 390 wickets
at home 45 tests 280 wickets
nearly two thirds of his wickets at home

it was obvious to anyone who understands the game that with India 1 down needed to win the last 3 the pitch would be like this

the last two tests pitches will be the same
705
15/02/2021 13:40:07 0 1
bbc
Thank you
802
15/02/2021 13:58:42 3 6
bbc
A pointless statistic, the only statistic of any significance is who won the toss.
834
15/02/2021 14:07:18 1 3
bbc
What about time Indians have spent playing on these types of pitches, times English players have...
Blackpool had an awful awful football pitch a few seasons ago, they only lost twice, away from home they lost 14 times. Isn’t that more the point?
865
15/02/2021 14:14:58 4 4
bbc
The English were born to blame everyone and everything but themselves in ALL Sports, politics, weather etc. Best to ignore them.
917
15/02/2021 14:30:19 1 4
bbc
The pitch has yielded 33 wickets in 3 days, 15 to the weak English spinners, the much vaunted Indian batting side have been dismissed twice by poor English spinners. If you want test matches to never last 5 days that is fine but if you're happy with that pitch (which the BCCI delivered not the groundsman) look forward to 4 green seamers in England.
SSK
15/02/2021 14:56:15 1 0
bbc
you need two to bowl with huge amount of control when bowling against top batsman, and England lack that .. neither of them keep tight line and length..
First test both Sundar and Nadeem struggle for control and went for many, swap the two bowlers and both tests become almost similar..
15/02/2021 15:25:08 0 2
bbc
Well said.. Same pitch as root made his 218..i appreciate it as changed but you've got to adapt.
15/02/2021 15:30:32 2 1
bbc
Conditions and pitches in India have always favoured spinners that's why they're so good, like conditions in England always favour swing bowlers, no point English pundits moaning about it, the pitch was fine for 1st test where England dominated.. That's why test match cricket is still the best for me.. And good to see the crowds return great atmosphere.
15/02/2021 16:16:44 0 2
bbc
Absolutely BS post. Numbers would be totally reversed if England won the toss and stuck 300 on the board. There's so much wrong in these numbers it's unreal. When the result is purely based on who wins the toss, then there's something wrong with the pitch.
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15/02/2021 11:49:55 8 10
bbc
tune in tomorrow..Entitlement need 429 to win
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KR
15/02/2021 11:58:06 0 0
bbc
Don't be daft. They'll lose by 350+ runs.
43
15/02/2021 11:49:56 7 18
bbc
Unfortunately it’s tantamount to cheating having that wicket. The game should have been abandoned yesterday. As for kolhi, what a thoroughly objectionable person
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ken
15/02/2021 11:52:08 6 1
bbc
So explain Ashwin's century then...go on I want to see this!
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tc
15/02/2021 11:52:47 3 1
bbc
lol comedy comment.
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15/02/2021 11:58:02 4 2
bbc
more like entitlement when things aren't going the English way
92
15/02/2021 11:58:19 0 2
bbc
Couldn't agree more about kolhi - just watched and heard him jumping up and down and giggling like a child at dismissals.Could this be punishment for the naughty men who got HIM out for a duck in the first innings...lol.
25
15/02/2021 11:47:43 13 12
bbc
England should stick to beating down on Sri Lanka and the Windies

They ain't got the minerals to challenge the big dogs of test cricket
44
15/02/2021 11:50:14 6 5
bbc
well said
45
15/02/2021 11:50:40 11 6
bbc
Hard to judge where this England team really is given that both these matches have been decided by the toss of a coin.
10
15/02/2021 11:44:29 149 31
bbc
Kohli not exactly covering himself in glory this match. Refusing to walk when bowled, arguing with the umpire on the pitch. You wonder if India would have actually won down under if he’d stayed - this is like watching Australia not the magnificent India team that stood up to all that and beat them.
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15/02/2021 11:51:03 153 16
bbc
Such a shame to see a talented cricketer show such arrogance. He should take a leaf out of Root’s book - when the third umpire made his howlers earlier in the match, Root shook his head but just got on with it.
295
15/02/2021 12:25:41 5 8
bbc
I must have been watching a different game, if you are saying that Root just shook his head and got on with the game and did not speak to the the umpire as well. But sorry, it does not fit into your narrative that Kohli is arrogant, rude, pressurizing umpires, etc etc. No doubt though that the umpiring has been poor in this game. Evidence why there are so few Indian umpires on the elite panel
729
15/02/2021 13:44:45 1 2
bbc
I think you'll find Root also remonstrated with the on field umpires.
15/02/2021 17:06:56 0 0
bbc
Well said. Less talking and more batting from Kohli on difficult would be ideal.
15
15/02/2021 11:45:19 8 16
bbc
This test match has been a joke from ball 1.

A disgraceful surface prepared by the grounds man, Kohli with his unacceptable berating of the umpires today at the end and the third umpire who is totally incompetent. Then the Root lbw.

I hope the ICC deal with all parties concerned, and heavily sanction India for producing a sub standard dustbowl.
47
15/02/2021 11:51:15 4 4
bbc
Did you demand the ICC inspect the surface when we beat Aussies in 4 days at Headingly and the Oval in '19?
How about the 3 day test against Ireland at Lords?

Did you moan about the Edgbaston, Lords and Rose Bowl surfaces that only produced 4 days tests again Indian in '18. Oh hang on we won them all....
715
Tom
15/02/2021 13:42:16 0 1
bbc
Wonder what Moan-athon Aggers reported / commented on these games, never mind :)
31
15/02/2021 11:48:38 243 52
bbc
Jonathan Agnew chewing his words right now, telling ICC to get involved and all sorts. Ashwin has shut him up and has shown that skill and quality is what is needed to be successful on a pitch like this. Everyone knows it's a tough wicket, but it's those who are the best who rise to the occasion.
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tc
15/02/2021 11:51:27 142 52
bbc
Regardless of anything else, if your a touring side youve no right to moan about the pitches. Dont tour if your going to moan.
185
15/02/2021 12:10:24 4 1
bbc
You are a charming host. Why would anyone want to turn down such a graceful offer?
249
15/02/2021 12:20:07 3 1
bbc
What a childish statement but i suppose i should expect that
290
15/02/2021 12:25:15 5 4
bbc
It’s not moaning
We want to see a contest.
Spinning wickets are to be expected on the subcontinent.
Torn surfaces on d1 with uneven bounce are not test standard.
306
15/02/2021 12:27:17 6 3
bbc
never hear England moan about when the bowl swings and Anderson and Broad take most of their wickets,rarely hitting the wicket.
573
15/02/2021 13:13:46 3 2
bbc
That’s absolutely right within reason. A Day 5 pitch on Day 1 is not within reason, it’s unsuitable for Test cricket
648
15/02/2021 13:28:06 1 4
bbc
Priceless daftness. India complained about everything on the Australian tour. The food,the hotels,the quarantine etc. Moaner champions by a mile
743
15/02/2021 13:46:29 0 3
bbc
Stupid comment. If no other teams wanted to play away to India then its India that would suffer.
PHO
15/02/2021 16:15:14 0 1
bbc
your view destroys Cricket
15/02/2021 16:25:18 0 0
bbc
tc, well done for your comments.
England have and will always have nasty habit of moaning
come it's sunshine, rain or snowing. Pathetic England
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15/02/2021 11:51:29 20 12
bbc
Shows that the many silly comments spouted by some deluded England fans these past two days that the umpires were cheating & favouring the home side was clearly shown to be total nonsense when England got the umpiring decisions going in their favour today with Joe Root getting away with a plumb lbw & a number of Indian wickets falling to marginal umpires calls!
72
15/02/2021 11:55:45 12 1
bbc
The question marks were all with the 3rd umpire
179
15/02/2021 12:09:53 0 0
bbc
so 2 wrongs make 1 wrong right ,very poor umpires who have not got the quality of the cricket world in using the technology provided
321
15/02/2021 12:29:27 0 1
bbc
You're a muppet.

Absolutely nobody is suggesting India are winning for any other reason than they've been better with both bat and ball!

The only controversy was around the crazy decisions by the 3rd umpire
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15/02/2021 11:51:35 78 3
bbc
The way Ravi Ashwin & Virat played should give England hope that they can put up a fight. Thought Burns started with positive intent & hoping to see England play positively regardless of the result. Thats what test cricket is all about isn't it!!

Also Vaughan mentioned that that there are little positives for England but good lord he is forgetting Foakes. Stunning demo of keeping skills!!
141
15/02/2021 12:04:09 45 21
bbc
Just for balance Foakes missed 3 fairly regular stumping opportunities across both innings but I do think he has nudged ahead of Butler.
145
15/02/2021 12:04:34 6 4
bbc
Yeah he stunningly missed two straightforward stumpings and a catch.
240
15/02/2021 12:18:13 16 6
bbc
Yes Foakes had flashes of brilliance and has had a good game. But reality check - he also missed 2 stumpings and one catch (that I saw). I've seen Buttler & Bairstow vilified for doing less in the past. Just sayin'
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drj
15/02/2021 12:20:11 4 3
bbc
He missed catches and stumping. It is a thankless job. It is not about being poetry in motions. It is about catching and stumping.
636
15/02/2021 13:25:39 17 4
bbc
Foakes should keep his place with Bairstow and Butler fighting for a batting place.
51
15/02/2021 11:51:48 2 3
bbc
Who here said that it was wrong to drop Dom Bess for Moeen Ali
67
15/02/2021 11:54:42 2 1
bbc
Can understand why they did. Unlikely to have made much difference either way
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bob
15/02/2021 11:57:34 2 0
bbc
Yes, well done Moeen Ali - 8 wickets in the match! Lets have some of that batting. You can do it!!!!
110
15/02/2021 12:00:47 0 0
bbc
these players are not dropped they are rested because of scheduling and the exhaustion of covid isolation
43
15/02/2021 11:49:56 7 18
bbc
Unfortunately it’s tantamount to cheating having that wicket. The game should have been abandoned yesterday. As for kolhi, what a thoroughly objectionable person
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ken
15/02/2021 11:52:08 6 1
bbc
So explain Ashwin's century then...go on I want to see this!
190
15/02/2021 12:11:03 0 1
bbc
so you explain how not one of other batsman got anywhere near their average
53
15/02/2021 11:52:08 13 10
bbc
Before we get 'but they had 2 batsman who scored easily so the pitch cant be that bad', lets look at the facts. Of the 2 Indian innings and the top 7 batsman (who all have batting averages of 40), thats 14 innings, 8 have scored less than 15 runs, and thats on a pitch which they're used to playing on. In essence, the pitch is shocking.
73
15/02/2021 11:55:46 6 1
bbc
Correct me if I am wrong, but are they not playing on the same pitch? India were around 40 runs shy of their first innings total on their second go. England simply have not been good enough.
103
15/02/2021 11:59:52 0 0
bbc
Uncle these are the kind of stats you will see for the Indian batsmen more often than not in the last few series.
Think you need to gulp a burger with a dip of beer without exercising much of your gray cells!!
143
15/02/2021 12:04:18 0 0
bbc
Don Bradman went past 50 in 42 of his 80 innings. Top order batsmen getting low scores isn’t unheard of.
171
15/02/2021 12:08:28 1 0
bbc
None of the Indian top order got out to unplayable deliveries.
10
15/02/2021 11:44:29 149 31
bbc
Kohli not exactly covering himself in glory this match. Refusing to walk when bowled, arguing with the umpire on the pitch. You wonder if India would have actually won down under if he’d stayed - this is like watching Australia not the magnificent India team that stood up to all that and beat them.
54
15/02/2021 11:52:24 12 42
bbc
Kohli had every right to question Root's decision especially after he himself was given LBW to umpires call.
80
15/02/2021 11:56:45 46 5
bbc
I don’t think any cricketer has the right to stand there arguing with the umpire like that, let alone in a match there is no way they’re not going to win anyway.
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15/02/2021 11:58:19 30 6
bbc
I’m going to guess you’re new to cricket or haven’t watched any since technology was introduced. Only the Indians could complain about ‘umpires call’ ??
107
15/02/2021 12:00:23 23 1
bbc
Not like that, he didn’t
811
15/02/2021 14:00:40 0 1
bbc
"One rule for one; one rule for another."
55
15/02/2021 11:52:46 2 4
bbc
Ex players, please dont blame the pitch for our shortfalls in this match.

Its India away and Jonny Bairstow got left out of the squad.

At least ERB got it right
"I think we should give some credit to Axar Patel"
120
15/02/2021 12:02:10 1 2
bbc
As in the same Jonny Bairstow that isn’t even worthy of tying up Foakes’ shoelaces?
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15/02/2021 11:49:56 7 18
bbc
Unfortunately it’s tantamount to cheating having that wicket. The game should have been abandoned yesterday. As for kolhi, what a thoroughly objectionable person
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tc
15/02/2021 11:52:47 3 1
bbc
lol comedy comment.
57
15/02/2021 11:52:57 8 7
bbc
England just need to get some batting practice against spin tomorrow in preparation for the next Test. This game was lost when Kohli won the toss. Hopefully, we'll have a better pitch for the next Test match.
333
15/02/2021 12:30:41 0 0
bbc
well spoken
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Tom
15/02/2021 12:35:45 0 0
bbc
Better pitch because English batsmen could not apply themselves, you got to be kidding ;)
432
15/02/2021 12:46:47 0 0
bbc
Let's see how good Ashwin is against Anderson and Broad when the pink ball is moving about
15
15/02/2021 11:45:19 8 16
bbc
This test match has been a joke from ball 1.

A disgraceful surface prepared by the grounds man, Kohli with his unacceptable berating of the umpires today at the end and the third umpire who is totally incompetent. Then the Root lbw.

I hope the ICC deal with all parties concerned, and heavily sanction India for producing a sub standard dustbowl.
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15/02/2021 11:53:23 2 4
bbc
A disgraceful surface that our old man batting at number 8 cruised to a quite frankly, embarrassingly easy 100 on? OK then.
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15/02/2021 11:53:34 1 1
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I thought cricket was supposed to be a gentleman's sport.

Tell me he won't get away with harassing a match official like some demented chav footballer.
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RSK
15/02/2021 11:53:36 210 38
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Aggers, Vaughan and Waugh pipe down now with your pathetic childish rants!

India have scored 600 runs on this, the match is going 4 days. England have been completely outclassed end of story!

Umpiring has been a disgrace and Kohli needs to much more decorum but that's all!

Get over it otherwise!
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15/02/2021 12:12:28 84 48
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All your strained complaints wont change the facts. The pitch is rubbish and the pressure that the Indian management/captain are putting on the umpires is embarrassing.

India are the better team. No debate.
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15/02/2021 12:14:49 5 13
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I would not be able to get Ashwin out.
I WOULD be able to keep Ashwin IN for half an hour though.
England are so dumb, they couldn't even keep Ashwin IN, lol!!!
To bowl Ashwn out, with less than an hour before the close of the day's play, thereby putting themselves into bat for their second innings for the last hour of the day is NAIIVITY beyond belief.
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15/02/2021 12:22:43 2 2
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Last time I checked England are
1nip up
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15/02/2021 12:24:28 19 17
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Hoorah! Someone else sees Kohli for the childish attention seeker that he is (as well as a top class batsman and captain). And Indian crowds eh? When Dan L smashes a magnificent 6 they're as quiet as the grave but when DRS says that Joe R is (marginally) not out they howl like they've been shot. Lot of gracelessness going on.
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15/02/2021 12:28:48 29 3
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Well said! Totally outclassed. And as an Indian fan agree with the umpire comments and Kohli. Aggression is fine if it’s measured but dissent is not. This is why I prefer Rahane as captain especially as he didn’t react to Aussie tactics and held his head high. Kohli should learn from that. Captains have a responsibility to respect the authority even if they disagree with the decision.
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Tom
15/02/2021 12:34:03 2 1
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Well said
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15/02/2021 12:35:43 6 18
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The pitch is garbage. They should be fined for putting that out.
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15/02/2021 14:22:25 6 0
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Nice one, great comments India played 2 test in New Zealand they lost both in less than 3 days. No complaints then. Touring is hard hence its called test cricket
15/02/2021 14:54:41 6 0
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Agreed . Aggers has to get on his high horse about something , he was never much good as a test bowlers and he is not that much better as a journalist or commentator. He will never reach the heights of john Arlott. As for Michael Vaughn , he does more twitter than Donal Trump did. Michael “ pay me attention” twitter Vaughn.
15/02/2021 15:39:38 1 1
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Who is Mark Waugh?
I think he had a mullet hairstyle and wasn't even the best cricketer in his family!!
15/02/2021 16:45:19 3 0
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I agree. India have played better in this test and deserve to win.
I don't think the on field umpires have been too bad but the third umpire has had a complete mare !
15/02/2021 18:20:52 0 0
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Why childish?
15/02/2021 19:22:42 0 0
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If India had batted as slowly as England, this game would be in the 5th day now

Cricket is played differently all over the world. Spinners are part of it in a big way just like seaming tracks here. Tourists need to adjust to the challenge

I bet if Aggers had his way Sri Lanka wouldn't have been allowed to open with spinners during their World Cup success

Cricket has changed, embrace it
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15/02/2021 11:53:46 44 5
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What is the reason why Joe Root does not bowl more in this match. He is actually a pretty good spin bowler and he bowls it a lot quicker than the other spinners
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15/02/2021 12:31:47 26 1
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Good question but if you look closely you'll see he is pretty limited, albeit a bit different to the regular spinners which makes him a good idea as a change bowler for a couple of overs just to see, but if he bowled 20-30 overs he'd get milked. Joe knows this hence he uses himself only occasionally
15/02/2021 17:07:53 0 0
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Good question but to captain be best batter and spinner is asking a lot. A
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15/02/2021 11:45:19 8 16
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This test match has been a joke from ball 1.

A disgraceful surface prepared by the grounds man, Kohli with his unacceptable berating of the umpires today at the end and the third umpire who is totally incompetent. Then the Root lbw.

I hope the ICC deal with all parties concerned, and heavily sanction India for producing a sub standard dustbowl.
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15/02/2021 11:53:55 2 3
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Seriously - this is the excuse you can come up with????
If pitch was so bad then how India managed to score in 2nd innings (with Ashwin scoring century)
Can you talk about performance of England team? Does it hurt to talk about reality?
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Tom
15/02/2021 13:43:25 0 1
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England were both toothless and rootless in the 1st innings and would have been in the 2nd innings too (nearly) :)
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15/02/2021 11:54:04 10 5
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Pitch like a beach was it? The Indians sure spend more time of beaches than on cricket grounds then. No one was complaining when it went in England's favour in the first test. Very few in the English camp seem to be up in arms about the umpiring decision that went in their way to save Joe Root. Oh, but it's easier to blame the Indians for just about everything right?
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15/02/2021 13:07:29 1 1
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Are you saying ball didn't hit glove on the non complete review? Or worse still that he was playing a shot when lbw appeal was made useless by umpire saying he'd played a shot?
15/02/2021 15:03:04 0 0
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I agree with you. All English cricket experts are crying that it is not test match pitch . On same pitch India has also batted. Let us accept in cricket better team always win. Stop crying and be man
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15/02/2021 11:54:17 2 7
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England fans and "expert" commentary team changing talking points like the republican party lol the Aussies are right about you lot lol
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15/02/2021 11:54:21 4 11
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DIGRACEFUL - this pitch has been prepared specifically to suit Ashwin's bowling and his batting. MAKES A MOCKERY of the game. W G Grace would be turning in his grave, as would the lads who built Eden Gardens. The authorities must act NOW to stop it happening again!!
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tc
15/02/2021 11:56:47 2 1
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they need to stop england preparing green tops first.
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15/02/2021 11:57:48 3 0
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Or you could just admit we were out played in every department in this match?. Would you be saying the same if England won the toss and cashed in like we did in the1st test?
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15/02/2021 11:59:07 3 1
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Home advantage. Just sour grapes ?? my English friend. Don’t you think the English groundskeepers prepare pitches to suit the English bowling attack.
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15/02/2021 12:00:23 1 0
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Oh nonsense. Grace batted on uncovered pitches when 150 all out was common place. By what you say then England shouldn't prepare green tops at home because they suit out players? No difference. Home advantage.
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15/02/2021 12:01:25 1 0
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Let's not overreact to this comment. It is clearly satire.
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15/02/2021 12:02:48 1 0
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Like England have never done anything similar? ??
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15/02/2021 11:54:25 7 3
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Usual top order collapse again , some poor fielding and not the best bowling again from England. I’m sure Root should have bowled more overs, road was bowling well. The spinners not good though still not sure on Ali, Burns and Sibley ? our Spin bowlers don’t seem to have the same accuracy as India
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15/02/2021 12:02:57 1 2
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India's score became irrelevant yesterday. All England needed to do was keep India at the crease for an hour or so until the end of play on day 3, at which point India would declare, leaving England the not inconsiderable challenge of batting through the final 2 days.
But England are so thick, they couldn't even keep Ashwin IN.
Ashwin was HAPPY to get out and put England in for the last half hour!
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15/02/2021 12:28:39 0 0
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Hardly a top order collapse, it’s 3 wickets and scoreboard pressure plays a huge part. Sibley got 2 consecutive 50’s. Come on give him a break
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Tom
15/02/2021 12:31:42 0 0
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Wonderful summation :)
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15/02/2021 11:51:48 2 3
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Who here said that it was wrong to drop Dom Bess for Moeen Ali
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15/02/2021 11:54:42 2 1
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Can understand why they did. Unlikely to have made much difference either way
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15/02/2021 11:48:38 243 52
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Jonathan Agnew chewing his words right now, telling ICC to get involved and all sorts. Ashwin has shut him up and has shown that skill and quality is what is needed to be successful on a pitch like this. Everyone knows it's a tough wicket, but it's those who are the best who rise to the occasion.
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15/02/2021 11:54:45 37 13
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Jonathan Agnew has promised me, he will speak with ICC if the ball swings in English conditions & ask ICC to deduct points from England, when India tours England in Summer of 2021.
15/02/2021 16:27:11 1 0
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Jonathan Agnew is never going to fulfil your promise as he doesn't know a tinkle about Cricket
India robbed of Roots wicket, I’m going to spend all day moaning about it and make long list of people to complain to like a big girls blouse!

On a serious note, great day for India, who thought we’d get a 4th day (I did), a number 8 scoring a test century on a supposedly unplayable pitch and Rory Burns not getting a duck!

Jonathan Agnew, go lie down and please never get back up!
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RSK
15/02/2021 11:54:51 2 1
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????
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15/02/2021 12:02:26 2 2
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Of course India have totally outplayed England, but how were India “robbed of Root’s wicket”. It’s hardly similar to some of the terrible 3rd umpiring in this match.
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15/02/2021 11:55:10 9 4
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Looks like it is not just the India that is not getting the rub of the green over umpire decisions
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15/02/2021 11:45:19 8 16
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This test match has been a joke from ball 1.

A disgraceful surface prepared by the grounds man, Kohli with his unacceptable berating of the umpires today at the end and the third umpire who is totally incompetent. Then the Root lbw.

I hope the ICC deal with all parties concerned, and heavily sanction India for producing a sub standard dustbowl.
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15/02/2021 11:55:24 0 3
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Yes Sir! Would you like some orange juice?
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15/02/2021 11:51:29 20 12
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Shows that the many silly comments spouted by some deluded England fans these past two days that the umpires were cheating & favouring the home side was clearly shown to be total nonsense when England got the umpiring decisions going in their favour today with Joe Root getting away with a plumb lbw & a number of Indian wickets falling to marginal umpires calls!
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15/02/2021 11:55:45 12 1
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The question marks were all with the 3rd umpire
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15/02/2021 11:52:08 13 10
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Before we get 'but they had 2 batsman who scored easily so the pitch cant be that bad', lets look at the facts. Of the 2 Indian innings and the top 7 batsman (who all have batting averages of 40), thats 14 innings, 8 have scored less than 15 runs, and thats on a pitch which they're used to playing on. In essence, the pitch is shocking.
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15/02/2021 11:55:46 6 1
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Correct me if I am wrong, but are they not playing on the same pitch? India were around 40 runs shy of their first innings total on their second go. England simply have not been good enough.
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15/02/2021 11:48:32 38 40
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his article will magically disappear soon...English entitlement at it's worst.
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15/02/2021 11:55:54 14 5
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Are you not English though vikram? You were born here Yes? I think maybe you are getting English confused for something else come on lad just say it
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15/02/2021 11:48:18 194 33
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Hey guys. Can someone tell me how Ravi Ashwin managed to score century on a pitch that is so poor for batting
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15/02/2021 11:56:05 157 9
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Isn't it obvious?

BCCI swapped the pitch when England were batting.
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15/02/2021 13:39:43 0 0
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??
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15/02/2021 14:23:53 1 0
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you are clearly ignorant!! BCCI, as questionable as they are sometimes, wouldn't do such as thing as the ICC would investigating them as of this moment. I said it earlier, but Chennai is Ravi Ashwin's home ground, so he know the pitch inside AND OUT!!!
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16/02/2021 00:11:17 0 0
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Also, earth is flat and and unicorn is real.
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15/02/2021 11:56:12 138 17
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India have scored 600+ runs on this "minefield" and their No 8 has just posted 106. Tell me again Englands failure is all down to a poor pitch??
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15/02/2021 12:23:30 41 4
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It’s also scoreboard pressure
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15/02/2021 12:26:36 7 1
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We just batted poorly against great Indian bowling
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15/02/2021 12:28:46 4 10
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With such a lead from the first innings and little scoreboard pressure on him, it's not surprising that he knocked up a total in such conditions.

Still, it will all be brushed under the carpet as usual with the ICC.

Just a shame that the second free-to-air test for years is shown being played on a pub cricket wicket
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Tom
15/02/2021 12:30:20 3 1
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Ask Aggers, Waugh and Vaughnny ;)
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15/02/2021 13:26:22 5 3
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If you knew anything about cricket, you'd understand that scoreboard pressure, along with advantages like winning the toss, as England did in the first test, brings massive advantages, especially to a side used to playing in such conditions
15/02/2021 15:10:18 4 0
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Poor teams whine about the pitch when they don't know how to play on it.

By the extension of this pitch logic India should have refused to play in New Zeland when the pitch had so much grass one couldn't see it. Or at Wanderers or Waca, Asian teams should refuse to play as they can't handle the pace, the swing the bounce.

The complaints about the pitch is as childish as it can get.
15/02/2021 17:09:30 0 1
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It is down to not winning the toss and having 3 terrible umpiring decisions go against you.
15/02/2021 18:46:57 0 0
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India have some very good bowlers, Ashwin having a brilliant match just one of them. Don't think it's all down to the pitch like your trying to make the excuse of. Maybe you could take your glasses off and see that India have put in an excellent performance?
15/02/2021 18:58:15 0 0
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He was dropped 3 times so could easily have made 30
ET
15/02/2021 19:26:09 0 0
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You clearly follow T20. This is a more complex, nuanced game.
15/02/2021 23:02:00 0 0
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England’s failure is down to Burns and Sibley
16/02/2021 08:05:01 0 0
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16 wickets fell on just the 2nd day, do you really think thats acceptable? there'd be a pitch inquest if this happened in the championship, you cant have pitches where the side batting first [ same as England in first test] are so heavily favoured by the state f a pitch
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tc
15/02/2021 11:56:14 4 1
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I cant understand the england fans, your on a tour and you have no right to dictate what conditions best suit your game. If you dont want to tour then thats fine too, as far as the actual cricket goes. It cant be a raging turner and then indians number 8 scores 120 odd.
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15/02/2021 11:56:31 8 7
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Oh come on How did Root survive that appeal when he was so obviously out LBW
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15/02/2021 12:03:50 3 2
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And according to the many whingers here these past two days, thought the umpires are supposed to be biased & were cheating to favour the home side! Didn't look like it today in Root getting away with this plumb lbw & all the marginal calls going England's way!
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15/02/2021 13:13:01 0 1
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It wasn't! Read the scorebook.
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KR
15/02/2021 11:56:38 9 5
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India know exactly what they have to do to beat England to win the series. It's odds on the pitches for the final two tests will be spinners paradises just like the one for this second test. A 3-1 test series win to India is worth placing a bet on.
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15/02/2021 11:58:53 8 1
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No different to having seaming & swinging paradises in England for the likes of Jimmy Anderson to exploit!
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15/02/2021 11:52:24 12 42
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Kohli had every right to question Root's decision especially after he himself was given LBW to umpires call.
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15/02/2021 11:56:45 46 5
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I don’t think any cricketer has the right to stand there arguing with the umpire like that, let alone in a match there is no way they’re not going to win anyway.
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15/02/2021 11:54:21 4 11
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DIGRACEFUL - this pitch has been prepared specifically to suit Ashwin's bowling and his batting. MAKES A MOCKERY of the game. W G Grace would be turning in his grave, as would the lads who built Eden Gardens. The authorities must act NOW to stop it happening again!!
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tc
15/02/2021 11:56:47 2 1
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they need to stop england preparing green tops first.
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15/02/2021 11:48:18 194 33
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Hey guys. Can someone tell me how Ravi Ashwin managed to score century on a pitch that is so poor for batting
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15/02/2021 11:57:04 12 5
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He must be used to playing on 'sand' is my guess.
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15/02/2021 11:48:18 194 33
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Hey guys. Can someone tell me how Ravi Ashwin managed to score century on a pitch that is so poor for batting
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15/02/2021 11:57:18 19 19
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Ashwin was dropped 3 times during his innings. Plus it’s easier to bat where there is no pressure on you to score. Risk free batting.
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15/02/2021 12:03:31 5 11
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Is that why none of the other Indian batsmen apart from Rohit Sharma never managed to score a century
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15/02/2021 12:59:19 10 1
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It is the skill what you want showcase, if you can't play cricket in Indian conditions then don't tour... such a loosers
15/02/2021 15:15:42 0 1
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Does that explain why England were 52/5 on the pitch Rohit Sharma hit 161 and two other Indians made more than 52 that English top+middle order managed?
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15/02/2021 11:51:48 2 3
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Who here said that it was wrong to drop Dom Bess for Moeen Ali
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bob
15/02/2021 11:57:34 2 0
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Yes, well done Moeen Ali - 8 wickets in the match! Lets have some of that batting. You can do it!!!!
The moaning English fans have been proved to be pathetic whingers.

Ashwin scores almost entire England's total on a 3rd day track on the SAME wicket, not the one to the Left or Right.

What's proven is that England can't bat against spin, their fans are pathetic moaners, their pundits make poor excuses of incredulous proportions.

This is a great test track, add India's 2 innings scores.
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15/02/2021 12:02:55 15 1
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Calm down Camford ... enjoy the win when you get it. What’s the point at having a go at England fans ... this isn’t a football forum, and no need to try to wind people up. India 100% controlled this game, pretty much as England did in the 1st. Let’s hope for a more evenly balanced battle in the 3rd.
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15/02/2021 12:12:06 6 0
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England can't bat against Spin despite coming into this off 6 consecutive wins in Asia, back to back whitewashes of Sri Lanka, and being 1-0 up in the series.

India have outplayed England, but claiming England can't play spin is nonsense.
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15/02/2021 12:26:02 0 0
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Can’t pay spin - 6 consecutive wins in Asia. Do some research. If anyone is whinging it’s you
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15/02/2021 12:37:55 1 0
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You didn't play the game, & don't watch much? Your "great Test track" is absurd, ANY Test wicket where spinners are on after just a few overs in the FIRST innings, that's beyond suspicious! The poorly repaired footmarks are also a clue, (the one where the ball that bowled Virat came from). Yes, India bat against spin, & bowl it, rather better, as we'd expect, but deserve censure re the pitch.
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15/02/2021 12:39:19 0 1
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Sounds like you are one moaning. Its blatantly a poor test track.
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15/02/2021 11:57:47 12 2
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Let this one slip away at 106-6!
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Tom
15/02/2021 12:27:23 2 0
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Spot on
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15/02/2021 11:54:21 4 11
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DIGRACEFUL - this pitch has been prepared specifically to suit Ashwin's bowling and his batting. MAKES A MOCKERY of the game. W G Grace would be turning in his grave, as would the lads who built Eden Gardens. The authorities must act NOW to stop it happening again!!
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15/02/2021 11:57:48 3 0
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Or you could just admit we were out played in every department in this match?. Would you be saying the same if England won the toss and cashed in like we did in the1st test?
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15/02/2021 11:49:56 7 18
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Unfortunately it’s tantamount to cheating having that wicket. The game should have been abandoned yesterday. As for kolhi, what a thoroughly objectionable person
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15/02/2021 11:58:02 4 2
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more like entitlement when things aren't going the English way
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15/02/2021 11:49:55 8 10
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tune in tomorrow..Entitlement need 429 to win
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KR
15/02/2021 11:58:06 0 0
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Don't be daft. They'll lose by 350+ runs.
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15/02/2021 11:58:09 3 2
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Do you think if Rory Burns gets his haircut for the third test then he will lose all of his strength
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15/02/2021 11:52:24 12 42
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Kohli had every right to question Root's decision especially after he himself was given LBW to umpires call.
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15/02/2021 11:58:19 30 6
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I’m going to guess you’re new to cricket or haven’t watched any since technology was introduced. Only the Indians could complain about ‘umpires call’ ??
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15/02/2021 13:55:44 2 2
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Another poor comment. Completely unacceptable to sink this low.
You didn't see the Australians or Even your own Joe Root asking the question.
Agreed Kholi needs to turn the dial down, but not to your comment.
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15/02/2021 11:49:56 7 18
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Unfortunately it’s tantamount to cheating having that wicket. The game should have been abandoned yesterday. As for kolhi, what a thoroughly objectionable person
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15/02/2021 11:58:19 0 2
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Couldn't agree more about kolhi - just watched and heard him jumping up and down and giggling like a child at dismissals.Could this be punishment for the naughty men who got HIM out for a duck in the first innings...lol.
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Tom
15/02/2021 12:39:01 0 1
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Not a stiff upper lip person Kohli ;)
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15/02/2021 11:58:37 14 6
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Forget the hype about the pitch and accept England will lose matches. We are supposed to be building a team strong enough to challenge for the Ashes. Despite Australia being in some turmoil, I cannot see England success down-under. Any thoughts...?
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15/02/2021 12:29:58 26 1
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Sorry, forgot that all other cricket is just preparation for the Ashes. Nice that other cricket boards are so kind to offer the team some match practice in between. Did not recall many Aussies saying that the Indian series was just preparation for the main act later in the year, though.
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15/02/2021 14:44:06 0 0
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If we have fully-fit bowling options, we have every chance.

Archer, Stone and Wood will give us a dimension we haven’t brought to Australia for a good while. Only two are likely to start, which means there’s back-up/competition from the third.

Our openers will be more comfortable on Aussie pitches too than the sub continent dust bowls
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15/02/2021 11:48:38 243 52
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Jonathan Agnew chewing his words right now, telling ICC to get involved and all sorts. Ashwin has shut him up and has shown that skill and quality is what is needed to be successful on a pitch like this. Everyone knows it's a tough wicket, but it's those who are the best who rise to the occasion.
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15/02/2021 11:58:48 24 4
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In fairness to Aggers/Vaughan and the rest. They are not saying that India is winning only because of the pitch. Simply that the balance between bat and ball leaves something to be desired. However, its not a minefield by any stretch. Saying that, and that India have by far been the better team is entirely coherent.
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15/02/2021 12:02:11 18 6
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I would disagree with the balance between bat and ball leaving something to be desired. India scored 615 runs!.
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15/02/2021 12:04:06 11 4
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Of course there is balance between bat and ball -
Indian batsmen - 2 centuries & 3 half centuries in the match.
Indian bowlers - are doing well too - England 187/13
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15/02/2021 12:13:38 5 1
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Both teams play on the same wicket....a good team has to play seam and spin well. The toss often takes the question of balance between teams out of the equation; maybe we should alternate matches have alternate teams bat first
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Tom
15/02/2021 12:45:36 1 2
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Sports like life will not be balanced or fair always. Rising to the occasion to deal with the googly is required
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15/02/2021 14:44:57 1 1
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Not in so many words they aren't. What they have done thus far in this test is not giving credit to the Indian team while discrediting the pitch.
The balance between bat and ball is often unreliable on heavily overcast English grounds.
If you are worried about balance then please be balanced in your comment.
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KR
15/02/2021 11:56:38 9 5
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India know exactly what they have to do to beat England to win the series. It's odds on the pitches for the final two tests will be spinners paradises just like the one for this second test. A 3-1 test series win to India is worth placing a bet on.
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15/02/2021 11:58:53 8 1
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No different to having seaming & swinging paradises in England for the likes of Jimmy Anderson to exploit!
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KR
15/02/2021 12:05:26 0 0
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Not really. Overall the England team struggle against the superior spinners in the Indian team and when in the field lack the spinners to cause the Indian batsmen too much of a problem. If England had spinners equal to that of India's the contest would still be in the balance. If Panesar and Swan in their prime were about India would struggle in bat too. It is what it is.
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15/02/2021 12:25:16 3 0
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You can't really prepare a swinging wicket. Its about natural conditions effecting the ball.
15/02/2021 19:02:56 0 0
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I see a lot if comments talking about "swinging wickets" . Swing is down to atmospheric conditions/ shine on the ball. Nothing to do with the wicket.
Seam movement/ cutters/ spin accentuated by the condition of the cut strip that comprises the " wicket" as everyone likes to refer to it.
To be pedantic the " wicket" is the 3 stumps and 2 bails.
India robbed of Roots wicket, I’m going to spend all day moaning about it and make long list of people to complain to like a big girls blouse!

On a serious note, great day for India, who thought we’d get a 4th day (I did), a number 8 scoring a test century on a supposedly unplayable pitch and Rory Burns not getting a duck!

Jonathan Agnew, go lie down and please never get back up!
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15/02/2021 11:59:06 1 3
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“Jonathan Agnew, go lie down and please never get back up”? Maybe you’re not great with words but that doesn’t read very well in terms of its tone
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15/02/2021 11:54:21 4 11
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DIGRACEFUL - this pitch has been prepared specifically to suit Ashwin's bowling and his batting. MAKES A MOCKERY of the game. W G Grace would be turning in his grave, as would the lads who built Eden Gardens. The authorities must act NOW to stop it happening again!!
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15/02/2021 11:59:07 3 1
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Home advantage. Just sour grapes ?? my English friend. Don’t you think the English groundskeepers prepare pitches to suit the English bowling attack.
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15/02/2021 12:04:01 0 1
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WE DO NO SUCH THING!! our groundsmen are specifically instructed to prepare pitches that are designed to encourage a fair contest - with cricket being the winner. This just shows what an amazing performance England put in in the first test. First sandpaper, and now this!!!
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15/02/2021 11:59:20 27 10
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A perfect example of media bias:

Ashwin’s century today: ‘Given lives on 28, 56 and 70, Ashwin added a hundred to his first-innings five-wicket haul‘

Stokes century at Headingley: ‘ Ben Stokes' astonishing 135 not out’

Both batsmen had 3 lives, yet the article on Ashwin leads with that whilst ignoring it for Stokes.
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15/02/2021 12:05:22 9 3
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Two completely different innings
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15/02/2021 12:07:10 6 0
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You can't seriously compare Ashwin's admittedly wonderful hundred today but in a test that was already won, to the best Ashes innings in living memory. Enjoy India's certain victory and stop looking for things to be angry about
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15/02/2021 12:13:03 3 4
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eerrr...what pressure was on ashwin on a doctored pitch with 'favourable' umpires against a useless bowling attack? stokes innings was played on a knife edge in an even match against seam bowlers at headingly.
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15/02/2021 12:31:34 2 0
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Always looking for the negatives in a situation, even when your team is about to wrap up a test victory in just over 3 days ??
15/02/2021 17:11:09 1 0
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Context is the difference. It is a lot easier to play well when your team is on top.
15/02/2021 17:43:23 0 0
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Ashwin had the luxury of being able to bat without pressure due to the Indian lead. He could chance his arm and did. he had some luck but played positively. Apart from Kohli none of the other Indian batsmen did anything.
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15/02/2021 11:59:31 3 3
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India managed to score two centuries in this match on a pitch that was so poor. How did that happen
Removed
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15/02/2021 11:59:32 20 4
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What a shame that Kohli, a great player and captain, should remonstrate with the umpires. Not a great role model for kids.
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15/02/2021 12:01:27 5 3
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He's been like this since his teenage days! He won't change... :-|
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15/02/2021 12:09:40 0 0
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Root was doing the same yesterday - perhaps in a less animated way than Kohli who never conceals his emotions as we know but he still did so!