India beat England inside two days
25/02/2021 | sport | cricket | 3,648
England succumb to a 10-wicket defeat against India inside two days of a remarkable third Test in Ahmedabad.
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25/02/2021 14:40:18 9 5
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1. Heroic from Root
2. Best side won
3. Utterly inept from too many
4. Whoever picked Broad should be sacked
5. Whoever sent Bairstow home from SL should be too
6. Bess for Broad, Stone for Archer
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25/02/2021 14:44:08 6 12
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Bairstow played pal..got a pair
26/02/2021 05:53:43 0 0
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Johnny B did bag a pair. But maybe he was out of practice and Ill prepared. Much like India, who came over a few years back. Lost 4 0, ill prepared.
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25/02/2021 14:40:25 691 22
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Proves the old adage “Don't judge the pitch till both sides have batted.” Turns out IND couldn't bat on it either in the 1st innings! It's entertainment, I guess, but I don't think a pitch that produces a 2 day Test is going to be rated very highly be the officials. And it shouldn't be. Outplayed by IND again; no argument; but that wasn't a good advert for Test cricket.
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25/02/2021 14:52:28 148 387
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Except Sharma cruising to 49/0 and averaging 91 in this match? Just admit it. Our batsman are crap and can't play spin. And Root is our best bowler. I said before the series that this would happen.
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SLR
25/02/2021 15:03:55 3 19
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India knew they did not have to apply themselves. If they needed to, they certainly would have. India faltering should not be an excuse for the inept England batters to say we were just marginally crap at defending.
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25/02/2021 15:14:55 9 42
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If the wicket was so bad then how did India chase down the target without losing a wicket in their second innings?
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25/02/2021 15:17:55 9 2
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India could not bat on it. But they certainly could bowl on it
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ken
25/02/2021 15:26:41 2 3
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Normally I do agree with a lot you say, and it's nice to see Crawley get some runs, but how many Pink ball Test matches have England played in? It's not many. Possibly 2? Never in India.
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25/02/2021 15:33:44 3 11
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Dry those eyes. You lost, get over it
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25/02/2021 15:34:57 3 1
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How about 3 innings each if game finishes before the 2nd day. That would be entertaining
25/02/2021 16:21:33 0 9
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49 for no loss. Win by 10 wickets. Stop whinging about the pitch, the ball, and life in general!
25/02/2021 16:30:20 2 4
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England v West Indies, 4th Test, Headingley, August 2000. First two-day Test in over 50 years.

Were we having the same conversations then?
25/02/2021 18:00:22 0 3
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and still they beat eng. by 10 wkts.
25/02/2021 18:04:54 0 0
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Advert for Test cricket should be players with better skills. Everyone can slog sweet for 6,but can't play a solid defense stroke.
25/02/2021 18:57:12 0 0
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Any bowler taking 5 for 8 runs (Joe Root) in a test match is ridiculous.
I am uncertain as to whether it was totally down to the quality of the pitch
or the incompetence of the batsmen !!!
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25/02/2021 14:40:35 17 14
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Here come the excuses.....:
25/02/2021 21:45:29 0 0
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Yeah India should have won inside two hours never mind two days. I say sack the groundsman who produced such a tepid, unresponsive pitch. India's bowlers have been robbed, the ball must have been too slippery for their fingers to properly grip it and too slippery for the ball to grip the pitch. The third umpire didn't help either, he took far too long to give the Englishmen out, no need for TV!
26/02/2021 06:13:05 0 0
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Rkp80. You know it. From a pink ball that did not do what England wanted it to, through to the pitch. Fancy a change? Same pitch. India bat 1st.
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25/02/2021 14:40:47 11 10
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today in English Cricket..India 145 all out...an hour later..back to whinging about the pitch...Sibley golf swinging..and the lower order reverse sweeping
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25/02/2021 14:49:46 3 7
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well said Vikram. You're the only voice of reason on the Cricket HYS
25/02/2021 21:46:56 0 0
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Both teams played on the same pitch and it was terrible for both!
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25/02/2021 14:40:48 46 9
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Absolutely rubbish.
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25/02/2021 14:48:06 22 35
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Absolutely hilarious
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25/02/2021 14:40:50 6 11
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Let's not talk about the pitch. And lets not mention the pitch as the pitch was decent. But some people will say the word pitch as they think the pitch was poor and the pitch was this and the pitch was that. And that the pitch was unplayable for England. Can we just not say anything about the pitch as pitch is all we all about. Lets have a pitch free debate as i have hardly mentioned it in my post
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25/02/2021 14:47:00 1 1
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The pitch seemed truer than the last test -but the pink ball seemed turn and bounce more than the red -the next test with the red ball should be a better contest between bat and ball
25/02/2021 20:08:24 0 0
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I was taking you seriously for a moment....
25/02/2021 21:48:29 0 0
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boN - reverse that!
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25/02/2021 14:40:56 34 7
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It's just not cricket!
25/02/2021 17:40:24 6 5
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England's batting? Yes, just not cricket! 49/0 in 8 overs by India was good cricket though!!
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25/02/2021 14:41:03 8 24
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England aren't fit to take to the same field as Kohli.
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25/02/2021 14:48:15 3 3
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Were they on a field ?
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25/02/2021 14:48:40 3 1
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Why? England captain above him in test match batting rankings so obviously better player.
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25/02/2021 14:50:14 2 1
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Which Kohli is this ? The one so up himself he doesn’t walk when he is bowled
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25/02/2021 15:00:00 1 1
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what a load of rubbish you speak, he has done nothing in this game, he has also lost respect for how he has played
25/02/2021 23:20:55 0 0
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Kohli should have been castigated for his appalling behaviour in the last test.
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25/02/2021 14:41:08 1361 85
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As an India fan, I'm embarrassed. To produce a wicket which ends in less than 2 days is a joke and as a genuine cricket lover, it has ruined my week. Yes, I'm glad India won but this is ridiculous. Cricket fans just want to see some quality cricket from both sides for 4/5 days, BCCI should be embarrassed by this.
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25/02/2021 14:42:58 232 656
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If England weren't completely inept this test would have gone well beyond 2 days.
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Sar
25/02/2021 14:51:42 69 10
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Poor pitch, but India were much better
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25/02/2021 14:55:13 27 6
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BCCI will be overjoyed
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25/02/2021 14:56:00 107 25
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This can not be called a game of cricket.

Yes - same for both teams.
No - pitch set up to reflect the Indian spin attack
(yep, this is often the case, but this level of manipulation is unacceptable, especially when you have partisan 3rd umpiring "reviews")
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25/02/2021 14:56:42 43 65
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Blaming just the pitch is not right, yes the pitch was hard to bat on but the application and technique from both teams was below Par.
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25/02/2021 14:58:16 48 14
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I'm embarrassed they named the stadium after Narendra Modi.
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25/02/2021 14:58:17 23 100
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both sides captains as well as key members in both sides said that batters failed to apply themselves leading to the low scores in the match. 21 out of 30 wickets fell due to batters playing for turn as the ball traveled straight on.

stop blaming the pitch!
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GGS
25/02/2021 15:01:45 17 38
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You are probably an English fan in the garb of an Indian fan trying to please us all but that fact is 80 percent of the wickets were lost to straight deliveries. Batting was piss poor from both sides.
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25/02/2021 15:01:52 36 4
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Indian Groundsmen should be asked to prepare wickets like this all over the World and then there could be 3, or even 2, day Test Matches enabling far more matches to be played. This new sport could be called Quicket!
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25/02/2021 15:06:05 40 4
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India won - Cricket lost
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25/02/2021 15:08:03 41 6
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The first test scared India as they need a minimum 3-1 result to make the test championship final. So they have replied with the 2 worst test match pitches we have seen since the Mohali test against Australia where Michael Clarke took 6-9. The ICC must dock them points to retain the integrity of the test championship.
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25/02/2021 15:12:01 17 3
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I totally agree with you,,, yes each country have a right to produce a wicket in favour of their type of conditions but not one which tiles batting or bowling is one favour of the other,,, thats embarrassing,,, for the game,, its not a fair contest,,, ICC take note
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25/02/2021 15:12:08 21 3
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And you are quite right.
It’s time for the ICC to step in. No one wants flat tracks like the Aussies used to prepare in the 90’s where 600 was par (and then only Shane warns could get anything out of it with wear). But we need some consistency-wickets that allow everyone to show their skills and create the conditions for a contest. It seems countries are incapable of doing that without supervision
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25/02/2021 15:12:57 0 3
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arrrrghhh.....home office will finally produce some results now ;)
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25/02/2021 15:13:46 9 15
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No, England should be embarrassed by this. Their batsman were completely at sea against the Indian spinners, and the England selectors only chose one spinner on a wicket that was bound to spin.
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25/02/2021 15:14:22 24 2
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The Indian cricket board and any other country who produces wickets like this to win at any cost,,, should be ashamed
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Tom
25/02/2021 15:18:35 8 2
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Agreed , I was hoping for a good match , it was far from it
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25/02/2021 15:19:42 16 2
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No two teams in the history of the game could have made a game last 5 days on that pitch. I feel sorry for Chanel 4.
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25/02/2021 15:22:45 3 12
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Both team missed a trick while batting. This was not a pitch or match situation to poke and prod. Coulple of quick 30/40 would have had a major impact.

Eng had a chance to be unorthodox and again faltered. Why didnt england send archer or broad earlier and give them freedom to whack the ball. India did same mistake as well.
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25/02/2021 15:27:16 17 9
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BCCI won't be embarrassed because they are as corrupt and dishonest as the rest of the Indian heirarchy. I've worked in India on many projects and after 20 years I am still waiting for somebody to tell the truth.
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25/02/2021 15:28:46 9 4
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Well said, at last a sensible comment.
Unlike all the idiotic comments from the Indian commentators on C4's rubbish coverage, who kept on saying it was a good wicket.
Absolute rubbish for a test wicket !!!
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MN
25/02/2021 15:29:10 8 4
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Horrible pitch, poor 3rd umpiring in this series. BCCI should look into this. Embarrassing. Might as well have drugged the visiting team.

Joe Root is a class act as was seen during his post match interview ... Virat ... oh Virat, shut up and score runs.
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25/02/2021 15:29:43 7 4
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I appreciate your comments, but while the pitch was taking turn, the batting was inept. A lot of the LBWs were to balls that kept straight. Very poor technique from both sides, but especially from England.
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25/02/2021 14:41:15 9 3
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I won't be wasting my time with the 4th test.
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25/02/2021 14:48:51 8 9
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Least you managed more than the England team, who stopped bothering after the 2nd test
LMAOOOO
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25/02/2021 14:42:42 2 1
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That’s easy for you to say :)
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25/02/2021 14:41:35 11 8
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Let's remember this test for the simple fact that Root got a 5-fer!
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25/02/2021 14:41:38 4 10
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Hilarious..... cannot stop laughing
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25/02/2021 14:41:40 768 79
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Well that is the final nail in the coffin of test cricket. If the authorities don’t clamp down on nations producing sub standard surfaces then that in my mind is the death of test cricket.

Test matches shouldn’t be over with inside two days.

Disgraceful.
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25/02/2021 14:44:32 183 397
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England need to look at their sub standard batting line up first.
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25/02/2021 14:47:58 0 43
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.... diddumzzzzz
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25/02/2021 14:58:16 7 28
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yawn yawn yawn, atleast not blaming toss this time.
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NP
25/02/2021 15:05:59 7 9
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The problem is most of the stadiums are now prep'ed for 20/20. So pitches does not hold for 5 days, any pitch man will tell the problem, layers and clay, you can not prepare one universal pitch for all format. Secondly, they misjudged micro climate, day and night temperature difference is 20+ and humidity as well. Just pulled all together as a bad wicket to play.
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25/02/2021 15:16:07 11 38
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Yet somehow India chased total the target on the "sub standard surface" without losing a wicket...
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25/02/2021 15:16:17 11 6
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Easy to blame the wicket but England played some woeful shots in getting out and in theory India should have had the worst of a bad pitch but we failed to take a wicket in 2nd innings
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25/02/2021 15:27:26 2 13
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Poor loser, dry your eyes
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25/02/2021 15:32:24 3 6
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See Australia all out for 60 odd...Broad 8-15 for similar furore...!!
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25/02/2021 15:46:06 4 8
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Be stronger than your excuses. India never complain about fast bouncy tracks in Australia and green tracks in England.
No wonder England couldn't qualify for WTC final.
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25/02/2021 15:46:32 4 4
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Let's face it, batting on that pitch was a lottery. Even India only managed 149 and if they'd been faced with 150 to chase who's to say they would've played in the way they did. If they keep producing pitches like that they might as well toss a coin to determine the winner
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VP
25/02/2021 16:00:17 3 4
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You must be new to cricket! The surface was the same for both sides! We didn’t include the extra spinner and some of batting was little suspect, mind you their batsmen also made suspect choices.

Interestingly, if it was a hard pitch, everyone rejoices. If the pitch helps the spinners, everyone cries foul.

These things happen, it’s called sport. Get over it and move on to next game! It’s a test!
25/02/2021 16:16:19 1 1
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Cheat comes to mind
25/02/2021 16:20:04 2 1
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Agree with that. It is the case the England were far worse than India, but it is really saying nothing on that pitch. Both India and England failed with the bat...England did it twice. In England, India failed.
Countries prepare pitches to suit their styles, but it is comical that the same pitch kicked India as well! I hope even the Indians say "don't do that again to us!"
25/02/2021 16:22:13 0 4
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49 for no loss. Win by 10 wickets. Stop whinging about the pitch, the ball, and life in general! Learn to play spin and then broadcasters will be happy to see matches beyond 3 days.
25/02/2021 16:40:44 0 1
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Wow, just because the pitch exposes England, lets ban the pitch. English cricketers need to develop skills to win matches. Every match cannot be served to them on a platter.
25/02/2021 16:45:54 0 1
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Agree with this but we do it too over here when we get Bangladesh or Sri Lanka on a green top at Lords in May and steamroller them.
25/02/2021 17:10:32 0 1
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The British don't rule India anymore though...
25/02/2021 17:18:52 1 2
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I don't hear this argument when tests get over inside two days in England/Australia.

Look at India for inspiration. They were bundled out for 36 in their previous pink-ball test. But they didn't blame the pitch or the ball. They blamed their poor effort and wowed to fight back. So did they. I don't see that happen with England.
25/02/2021 17:40:54 0 1
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I read people claiming the "death" of test cricket! I lived through Davidson and McKenzie; Sobers, Hall and Griffith; Thompson and Lillee; Holding and Marshall; So for me Englands Test cricket died many decades ago. It died of embarrassment and it seems the more they get paid the worse they play.
25/02/2021 18:08:44 0 0
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England have the West Indies tour in terrible weather conditions and win convincingly, with the umpires been overturned 6+ times. Is that good for test cricket?
25/02/2021 18:14:07 0 0
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That would include england producdming green tops to suit their seamers and getting bangla to play in durham in may on a green top.they didn't complain nor shd the beaten england side.lets have balance on all sides if that is your point not play the blame again.
25/02/2021 18:42:30 1 0
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No more green tops in England which have made average medium paced seamers like broad and Anderson into match winners
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25/02/2021 14:41:42 420 57
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Had that been a game between two English counties there would have been a thorough review of the pitch. England have been stitched up and no credit at all to India.
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25/02/2021 14:47:11 273 20
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Agree. If I'd have produced this pitch I'd have been lucky not to have been fired. India are good enough without being given this sort of advantage....
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25/02/2021 14:54:55 4 1
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Wonder what was the impact of pink ball on top of this pitch.
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25/02/2021 15:20:27 10 17
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Yet when England produce green wickets that aid their swing bowlers and achieve victory within three days, that's not "stitching up" the opposition?
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25/02/2021 15:46:57 5 17
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lets blame the pitch, rubbish

the batting was useless. They were consistent with line and length which is just not fair as out batsmen had no idea.

How many got out to the ball spinning, not that many

Next time Headingley seems and swings, will you all blame the pitch if the opposition are out for very few ?

No, you will say it was great Anderson bowling.

You can't have it both ways.
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25/02/2021 15:47:01 2 3
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Yes, agreed. That is why England will only produce 20-20 stars not competent test batsmen. BTW, grassroots English players are not that bad because they are used to playing on uncovered wickets.
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25/02/2021 15:54:15 4 12
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Boo hop cry baby
Pitches seaming like crazy is fine but spinning tracks
Lol
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25/02/2021 16:17:27 5 7
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All test nations have been producing wickets to suit their teams, including us! It’s been happening for decades, so nothing new! (Psst, it happens in county cricket as well!)

Can’t keep on blaming the pitch for poor batting and selection! If you ask the spin bowlers - bet you they were more than happy!
25/02/2021 16:30:46 0 2
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Not at the Oval.
25/02/2021 16:43:44 1 2
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Here go the England cry babies. Welcome to the holler-n'-bawl fest!
25/02/2021 16:57:57 1 1
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8-15 for Stuart Broad on a green top against the Aussies, nobody was crying then. That's the beauty of Test cricket. It's meant to be a 'test' when you go to other countries
25/02/2021 21:53:48 1 1
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Stop whinging about the pitch and acknowledge that England’s batting was inept.

Just look at their wickets - most of them bowled or lbw to balls that didn’t turn.
25/02/2021 22:02:51 1 1
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Don't both teams play on the same pitch?? India seem to be OK playing on it.
26/02/2021 01:18:00 0 1
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Pitch would be unacceptable for a county game but as usual India will get away with it
26/02/2021 01:55:30 1 0
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Boo hoo. England doctor pitches and make them to order every home tour. Do you see that as a problem?
26/02/2021 06:50:55 1 0
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Pathetic losers!
26/02/2021 10:01:00 1 0
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Had the game been between two England Counties there would have been even fewer spectators in the stands!
26/02/2021 12:18:20 0 0
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Sour grapes and hypocrisy are no substitute for sportsmanship.

Well done India.
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25/02/2021 14:41:43 25 3
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England will face a lot of criticism for this performance -but I hope there isn’t an overhaul of the players. They’re a young side, inexperienced at playing the turning ball, but most crucially, they’ve been treated like gladiators in Rome on this tour. They’ve been holed up in their rooms, but in the arena they’ve faced huge crowds free to come and go. Hope they come good for the last test
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25/02/2021 14:41:47 3 1
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Extraordinary match ! I have to say that top batsmen on both sides struggled with the straight ball. With this being a new stadium is there something odd about the camber of the wicket . Remarkable game .
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25/02/2021 15:05:22 1 2
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That was not a game. That was so one sided that England might as well have not turned up
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25/02/2021 14:41:55 11 5
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This is what I call proper thrashing by any opponent. Having said that, I am disappointed with the game done in less than 2 days.
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25/02/2021 14:42:03 8 3
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Less than 200 in 2 innings in 2 days.

I thought these sort of things could only have happened in 2020 or TwentyTwenty.
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25/02/2021 14:42:21 7 3
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Dodgy pitch
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25/02/2021 14:42:24 5 6
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Wonderful!
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25/02/2021 14:42:26 10 15
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This has got to be the most embarrassing defeat involving an England cricket team in test match history
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25/02/2021 14:47:58 7 2
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The most embarrassing pitch, yes
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25/02/2021 14:48:27 1 1
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No - fought back really well in first session albeit couldn’t bat in the conditions.
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25/02/2021 14:57:38 0 1
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I have watching test cricket for 50 years and there have been much worse than this. England lost as did test cricket because of a sub standard pitch . After their defeat in the first test India were always going to prepare pitches like this . Joe Root took 5 for 8 on the second morning which says it all .Indian Cricket should be embarrassed
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25/02/2021 14:42:30 127 55
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Until people like Jonathan Agnew change their mindset about cricketing cultures outside England, nothing is going to improve. England won the toss for god sake and yet they lost by 10 wickets!! 112 and 81 were pretty poor.
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25/02/2021 14:49:29 54 4
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At least no one has posted “win toss win match” for this test ??
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25/02/2021 14:53:47 5 2
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Which teams would have scored a lot more with pink ball on that pitch....therefore let's take England out of the equation and view Agnew's view as a cricketing comment. Unless you are specifically commenting on something....
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25/02/2021 15:34:26 6 1
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So India were good? Lowest score at home.
A total lottery
India don’t need to prepare these pitches. They are better than that surely
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25/02/2021 15:42:12 4 1
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and 145 is great?
25/02/2021 16:55:51 1 2
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Perhaps England should Boycott the final game? LOLOLOLOLOLOL. England and its Lollipop bowlers.
25/02/2021 17:13:25 2 2
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Spot on. The Chenai wicket in the last test was worse than this. Kohli was absolutely right when he said the players "lacked application"
25/02/2021 17:50:09 2 1
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I havent seen "Aggers" et al complain about the shocking over rate England were bowling at the end of the first day. Eleven overs an hour is frankly disgraceful.

Say what you like about the pitch, but India have produced turning pitches since Jesus was chopping wood so i dont get why so many are surprised that this one favoured spin (even if it did so quicker than expected)
25/02/2021 18:03:11 1 0
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So was 145
25/02/2021 18:36:12 2 1
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You are absolutely correct. Agnew is all about England. Crawley in the 1st inning was nearly Bradman. England were bowled out by Ambrose in Trinidad and by Taylor in Jamaica for meagre scores. India was bowled out by Australia for 36 recently and came back to win. Root was scoring on dead wickets like he was Tendukar, with his runs mostly from sweeps. Doesn't work with good bowlers.
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Where is Jonathan?
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25/02/2021 14:42:42 2 1
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That’s easy for you to say :)
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25/02/2021 14:41:08 1361 85
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As an India fan, I'm embarrassed. To produce a wicket which ends in less than 2 days is a joke and as a genuine cricket lover, it has ruined my week. Yes, I'm glad India won but this is ridiculous. Cricket fans just want to see some quality cricket from both sides for 4/5 days, BCCI should be embarrassed by this.
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25/02/2021 14:42:58 232 656
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If England weren't completely inept this test would have gone well beyond 2 days.
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25/02/2021 14:53:14 65 16
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Typical Manchester united fan - both teams were poor just England were poorer
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25/02/2021 14:53:23 81 4
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"Well beyond"? India's first innings was also over in a session...
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25/02/2021 14:57:53 111 5
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England were dreadful, but 5 wickets for Root at test level? No, I'm sorry, the pitch wasn't up to it. Imagine the 5th day! That said, we were still second best. But like the article says, probably only by about 60 runs in the end!!
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25/02/2021 14:58:44 109 7
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Two players in an entire test got past 50, India were better than England but just that statistic alone covers why this is one of the worst tests I have ever watched!
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25/02/2021 14:59:32 62 4
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Rubbish. India also collapsed, Joe Root, 5-8? Get a grip.
The pitch should be reported, it made a mockery of test cricket.
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25/02/2021 15:01:12 40 4
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Once England stuffed them in the first test they were going to make sure that would not happen again.
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25/02/2021 15:03:40 21 1
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"Well beyond 2 days"

What match were you watching?
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25/02/2021 15:08:21 12 1
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Yeah because India were batting so well on the cabbage patch as well weren't they...
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25/02/2021 15:18:46 2 2
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You mean into tomorrow morning?
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25/02/2021 15:26:23 10 2
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That was a dreadful advert for test cricket.a disgraceful pitch and pretty poor umpiring.i bet the groundstaff in england are preparing luscious green tops for when india tour,at least i hope so.
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25/02/2021 15:27:54 1 1
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And India were good....
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25/02/2021 15:32:13 7 2
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To be fair, India's batting ineptitude had a part to play also.
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25/02/2021 14:42:58 9 7
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I was going to blame the pitch but then I saw the Indian second innings.
129
25/02/2021 14:51:27 2 2
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Think pressure had gone - and only had one spinner
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25/02/2021 14:43:16 6 4
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Anyone for 20/20 Test cricket?
28
25/02/2021 14:43:18 4 5
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At least I get money’s worth watching football for a full 90 mins. I want my money back on this 2 days out of 5 effort.
29
25/02/2021 14:43:25 9 10
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Do English fans still believe, England is the best team in the Test world? I don't think so, if they do, god help them.
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25/02/2021 14:56:59 3 2
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there are not the best in the world when playing on a pitch not fit to grow cabbages. Ive seen local parks producing better wickets, a disgraceful situation to be in
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Jka
bbc
India will do anything to win...ANYTHING, and the ICC will just turn a blind eye and enjoy the cheque, cricket loses today ?? Removed
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25/02/2021 14:50:34 95 143
bbc
agree... how dare India be better at bowling AND batting... ICC will probably turn a blind eye to this blatant cheating
164
25/02/2021 14:53:47 18 7
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I hope they qualify for the Test final and come to the UK and get scuttled for 36 again.

This pitch is a bad joke.
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Das
25/02/2021 14:56:19 9 5
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Very true. I'm ashamed as an Indian cricket fan.
245
25/02/2021 14:58:39 11 8
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Agreed, you certainly wouldn't catch any other test nation preparing pitches to suit their bowlers would you...
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25/02/2021 15:01:12 17 3
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Dead right. They received the goodwill of the sporting world for their amazing defeat of the Aussies and then turnout a pitch not even fit for a Sunday League match. If this continues England might as well play Leach and Root as their bowlers backed up by Stokes and eight specialist batsmen. At least then we might get to 150 runs in an innings. Difference between teams was runs hacked off pacemen
534
25/02/2021 15:20:12 2 1
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Not only does cricket lose the cheque loses also, two days of paying public instead of five.
717
25/02/2021 15:34:51 2 4
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England lost today and thoroughly deserved to.
853
25/02/2021 15:47:48 0 6
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Why are you forgetting that it was England who won the toss and they could have easily benefitted from it but they didn't get enough in first innings. The fact is England is now facing a stronger and better Indian team, unlike the first test, where they were facing a team that was physically and mentally exhausted after their heroics in Australia
902
25/02/2021 15:53:29 0 5
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hahahhahaa sour grapes
914
25/02/2021 15:55:00 0 5
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Cry baby looser
25/02/2021 16:16:10 2 1
bbc
The ICC and the broadcaster and the public would prefer a longer test. You are turning a blind eye to the world of Johnny Bairstow who can’t play a longer form of cricket.
25/02/2021 16:48:58 0 1
bbc
Speaking of a blind eye, I agree. It was on show aplenty. Seems that was the affliction of the england batsmen.
25/02/2021 16:53:40 0 2
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I agree. Like batting well. Why didn't England do anything to win? In fact, they did NOTHING. They seem to be pretty good at that.
25/02/2021 18:17:41 0 0
bbc
One things for sure. they wont do anything about it
25/02/2021 18:25:33 0 2
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The ICC have changed the cricket rules to favor England. Witness Root complaining and then the umpire nearly taking "all day" to find an angle to give him not out.
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25/02/2021 14:43:37 62 14
bbc
India the better side and deserve the win but the pitch was disgraceful. A Test match should never ever end inside 6 sessions, I really hope they produce a better one for the final game so we can actually have a decent contest.

A word on Bairstow, he was brought in for his ability to play spin and was out twice in 3 balls against spin deliveries. He simply shouldn't be in this England side.
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25/02/2021 14:51:47 15 2
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agree whole heartedly both with general opinion and bairstow. foakes is a world class keeper and i would go for JB as the power middle order player/reserve keeper. Move Joff down below leach.
189
25/02/2021 14:55:23 6 2
bbc
He should never have been sent home after the other test matches for a rest, crazy decision to play any player without a warm up match. its a joke just like this series
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25/02/2021 14:43:43 105 11
bbc
Not exactly an acceptable Test wicket!!!
987
25/02/2021 16:00:38 41 72
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None of you would be complaining if England had won!! Stop crying.

Some of that batting was awful. And as the India 2nd innings showed, it wasn't as bad to play on as Englands batting made it out to be!!
25/02/2021 17:38:18 1 10
bbc
The pitch is only questioned when a visiting team perishes in the subcontinent.

When the same happens in England/New Zealand/South Africa, it's bowlers' skill though.

Let's stop being hypocritical and start saying visitors can't play competitive cricket in the subcontinent.
25/02/2021 21:08:39 6 1
bbc
It's a lovely stadium, it'll be great when they add a cricket pitch.
25/02/2021 22:01:27 0 1
bbc
Stop whinging about the pitch and focus on England’s inept batting. Look how many of them were out bowled or lbw to STRAIGHT deliveries that didn’t turn?
26/02/2021 10:15:55 0 0
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Same for both teams. So what?
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25/02/2021 14:43:49 5 8
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Commentry.
England.
Third world.

Rubbish ??.
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25/02/2021 14:49:04 6 2
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Ruley.
Spelling.
Rubbish.
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25/02/2021 14:44:02 254 28
bbc
Think I'll give the last test a miss because whatever the last two "games" have been they certainly haven't been test cricket. But maybe that is what the Indian authorities want to ensure the demise of test cricket and complete their dominance of the short format.
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Bob
25/02/2021 14:53:54 59 281
bbc
Because you lost, what a weak supporter
278
25/02/2021 15:01:19 10 2
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Dominance of the short format? England current one day world champions, West Indies current T20 world champions. Long may their dominance continue!
320
25/02/2021 15:04:05 12 3
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don't worry, they're not the best ODI or iT20 team, and the Big Bash is better than the IPL.
502
25/02/2021 15:18:04 5 2
bbc
?? England are ODI World Champions and ranked No1 in both short formats
25/02/2021 16:46:14 0 7
bbc
Great - one less whiner!
25/02/2021 18:27:10 0 0
bbc
Was the first test cricket?
25/02/2021 18:44:41 0 0
bbc
Boo hoo cry baby
Dummy for you
25/02/2021 18:53:46 0 0
bbc
England are world champions in 50 over cricket, and the English batsmen can't go quickly enough to the IPL.
25/02/2021 21:55:14 0 0
bbc
England’s batting was technically inept and mentally weak.

On turning tracks you should play the line. If the ball turns - especially if it turns big - it then misses your outside edge. And if it doesn’t turn you have it covered.

England played for turn when most balls went straight on. Just look at their wickets - how many were bowled or lbw to STRAIGHT deliveries?
26/02/2021 10:02:47 0 0
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Except, despite any controversy over the pitch in the last two test, India have proved themselves at the top of the tree in test matches too.Look at what they did to Aus! If we get anything like that success next winter I for one will be ecstactic
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25/02/2021 14:44:03 575 75
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India cricket should apologise to every true fan of the game for allowing a test to be played on an atrocious pitch. 30 wickets in under 2 days play is not a fair test of bat and ball
121
25/02/2021 14:50:57 125 484
bbc
hmmmm 49 without loss says don't blame the pitch XD
204
25/02/2021 14:56:23 1 2
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Should be more grateful. They shipped the soil in especially
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25/02/2021 14:58:43 12 58
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England all out for 81, India 49-0 on the same wicket. England failed the test of bat and ball. Straight forward failure of English batting followed by a failure of English bowlers to reproduce their earlier form.
444
25/02/2021 15:13:10 2 16
bbc
India should apologise for agreeing to play cricket against England. Wicket OK, India won by ten wickets and looked as though they would bat for the next three days!
501
25/02/2021 15:18:00 2 11
bbc
Yet somehow India chased down the target on an "atrocious pitch" without losing a wicket...
826
25/02/2021 15:45:03 1 3
bbc
No apology required given the way both teams batted!!
SSK
25/02/2021 16:03:22 2 1
bbc
Even Indians like me are surprised. The pitch was very bad.
25/02/2021 16:05:53 1 1
bbc
Bairstow
25/02/2021 16:22:57 1 2
bbc
49 for no loss. Win by 10 wickets. Stop whinging about the pitch, the ball, and life in general! England batsman should apologise for being no match at playing spin. Absolute disgrace!!
25/02/2021 16:47:30 0 1
bbc
The fans were cheated. All pitches has to last 5 days all varieties of pitches in all cricket playing countries
25/02/2021 17:10:44 0 1
bbc
The British don't rule India anymore though...
25/02/2021 17:23:58 1 0
bbc
India cricket don't give a toss.... they won. That's all that matters. What I hated was the appalling smugness of the bowlers on a pitch prepared for them.
25/02/2021 17:25:11 0 0
bbc
Apologies to the English team for making such a horror pitch
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25/02/2021 14:40:18 9 5
bbc
1. Heroic from Root
2. Best side won
3. Utterly inept from too many
4. Whoever picked Broad should be sacked
5. Whoever sent Bairstow home from SL should be too
6. Bess for Broad, Stone for Archer
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25/02/2021 14:44:08 6 12
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Bairstow played pal..got a pair
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25/02/2021 14:52:30 3 2
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I saw that, Einstein, he got a pair.

Last time we saw him on the wickets of Sri Lanka his form was quite different.

Definitely not your pal, btw
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25/02/2021 14:44:13 19 8
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Credit to India, but crikey we were so poor. The only players benefitting from this game were the ones not selected.
A truly humbling defeat and difficult to know where England go from here (apart from to the airport where most would love to be going to)
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25/02/2021 14:44:16 71 10
bbc
Nightmare pitch, team selection abysmal. But thanks to India for beating the Aussie in Brisbane??
25/02/2021 17:04:17 10 23
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Ha. Anything to deflect from English misery. Enjoy your weather oh wait.
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25/02/2021 14:41:40 768 79
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Well that is the final nail in the coffin of test cricket. If the authorities don’t clamp down on nations producing sub standard surfaces then that in my mind is the death of test cricket.

Test matches shouldn’t be over with inside two days.

Disgraceful.
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25/02/2021 14:44:32 183 397
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England need to look at their sub standard batting line up first.
326
25/02/2021 15:04:24 25 3
bbc
Better to look at the sub standard pitch here and also at Chennai
361
25/02/2021 15:07:09 31 3
bbc
You mean the one that scored over 500 in the first test.
491
25/02/2021 15:17:09 15 1
bbc
England also need to look at their sub-standard selectors who only chose one spinner for a pitch that would spin.
You’re like an airborne virus. Bloody everywhere Removed
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25/02/2021 15:25:26 12 2
bbc
England's failure with the bat and a terrible pitch aren't mutually exclusive

India collapsed too. I'm pleased for Root but a part-time spinner taking 5 for 8 against one of the top sides in the world says everything about the state of the pitch

India were deserved winners and congratulations to them, but as a cricket fan I'm feeling short-changed because the pitch wasn't of Test match quality
963
25/02/2021 15:59:00 0 1
bbc
Who do you propose to play instead ?
25/02/2021 16:46:40 0 0
bbc
We had a winning formula from the first test and had to change it for the sake of the year as a whole. Not really good enough.
25/02/2021 17:17:18 1 0
bbc
India's 145 all out doesn't suggest that they found batting any easier. Your comment is a red herring. The pitch was sub-standard
PJ
25/02/2021 17:40:19 1 0
bbc
Try a little objectivity, sunshine!
25/02/2021 18:01:44 0 1
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very rightly said
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25/02/2021 14:44:41 2 5
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As I said in a previous post so like beating the Australians let them think they are world beaters in the 1st Test then we bring on the 2nd XI to wrap up the series.
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25/02/2021 14:44:46 5 5
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Channel 4 in shambles.
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25/02/2021 14:50:22 1 1
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What? You are blaming Channel 4 because England lost in 2 days?
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25/02/2021 14:52:06 1 1
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They should ask for their money back, I would.
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25/02/2021 14:44:55 366 24
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Worst thing about a pitch that offers that much spin on day one is that spinners can continue bowling over after over without needing to be rested and the pitch will only gradually deteriorate more in their favour.

I don't like flat batting tracks or green tops either, but both of those wicket types degrade over time and eventually bring other facets of the game into play.

A farce and a shame.
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25/02/2021 15:19:04 80 86
bbc
If you watched England's dismissals in the first innings, most of those were from balls that didn't really spin.
562
25/02/2021 15:22:38 1 2
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India hardly bowled their seamers. They could have played with nine players and still win the game
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25/02/2021 15:26:19 8 2
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Feel sorry for fans that haven't got any cricket to watch for free during covid
for the next three days
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25/02/2021 15:48:47 4 5
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I agree with you for the most part. but this pitch is much better than the Chennai one where whoever wins the toss goes onto win the match (atleast the first test). This is even grounds for both teams, irrespective of the toss. That being said two day tests are horrendous.
25/02/2021 16:07:41 1 10
bbc
So pick Archer not Bess. Send Lawrence home and bring in Badger Bairstow. Don’t blame the pitch
25/02/2021 16:24:17 3 3
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If India had lost on a green meadow in Nottingham then these same English fans would be admiring the 'skill' of the English cricketers. Hypocrites!!!
25/02/2021 17:24:47 0 0
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Why is seam/swing from ball one okay but spin from the day one not okay?
25/02/2021 17:56:05 0 0
bbc
I've seen one day games that lasted longer
25/02/2021 18:12:18 1 1
bbc
Innings 1: Sibley+Bairstow+Root+Stokes+Ollie+Foakes+Archer+Leach+Broad+Anderson 53 off 211 (Strike rate 25)

Innings 2: Sharma 66 off 96 (Strike rate 65)

Innings 3: Crawley+Sibley+Bairstow+Foakes+Archer+Leach+Broad+Anderson 25 off 90 (Strike rate 27)

Innings 4: Sharma 25 off 25 (Strike rate 100)

Pathetic batting by England. The same pitch, Indians scored more losing 10 than England losing 20.
25/02/2021 18:20:52 0 0
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What do people really want? If you use 4 fast bowlers and don't get in the required over, even if you win in 3,4 or 5 days, the team gets fined for slow over rate. Captain get suspended for games. Fast bowlers can only bowl 1 bouncer per over, hence allowing the batsmen to be on their front foot or worse advancing down the wicket. These same batsmen won't use their feet to spinners.
Ron
25/02/2021 20:03:11 1 0
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In my view; this is a good comment. Whoever selected this pitch doesn't like test cricket. India cricket fans are probably also embarrassed and as an England cricket fan, I am at least glad we didn't produce this schools 2nd 11 pitch.
25/02/2021 21:52:36 0 0
bbc
England never produce green tops to suit their seamers, do they?
??
26/02/2021 07:19:54 0 0
bbc
Up for debate. Green steamers can ensure that games end as batsmen are nicking off left, right and centre.
26/02/2021 11:56:32 0 0
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Not at all. Not because India won which was great but the pitch was perfect except very lively for spin. Compare that to any every match NZ pitch then you can understand. India had packed additional spinners and that was the difference not any condition suitable for India or a pitch with varying bounce.
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25/02/2021 14:45:16 3 3
bbc
Wow. Ishant Sharma and Ravi Ashwin to make significant milestones in this test shows you
how good this Indian bowling attack really is
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25/02/2021 14:45:30 14 6
bbc
Congratulations India. But a very poor pitch, same for both teams tho, so no excuses. India are a masterclass in these conditions. 2 points. 1st. I do not understand this resting of players. If a player wants to be rested fair enough. But to look ahead and say we are resting such and such is madness. You need to be able to pick your strongest 11 for consistency if nowt else. 2nd Root is no captain
26/02/2021 12:53:39 1 0
bbc
Point 1 Why send home a spin bowler who can bat in the middle of a test series against India in India, why not rest Anderson or Broad.
Point 2 Team selection is a joke, bringing back failing batsmen, field settings a mess, and any other captain would have thrown Root the ball in the 1st innings on the 1st day, not after India were in the lead.
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25/02/2021 14:45:33 2 2
bbc
India just batted on that si no more excuses about the pitch. Simply over rated england batting not up to standard if your face fits n all that.
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25/02/2021 14:45:51 224 17
bbc
Never mind neutral umpires in test matches, how about neutral grounds men to prepare pitches?
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25/02/2021 14:51:31 59 57
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When we visit again in 5 years, let's just offer 2 Tests to this developing Test nation?
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25/02/2021 15:03:01 12 8
bbc
It's called home ground advantage. Perth in Australia is the same.

Careful what you wish for.....think James Anderson in damp windy English conditions. Look at his away record
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25/02/2021 15:54:14 5 6
bbc
Noone was complainng when Eng won the 1st test..why so much hue and cry now lol
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25/02/2021 15:56:31 12 7
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Especially in England where seaming and green top pitches are prepared which make average bowlers like Anderson and Broad into match winners
Cry baby
25/02/2021 16:18:03 0 5
bbc
And ruin a sport. Why not suggest all sport is played at neutral venues, with a non partisan crowd and everything ends in a draw. Just to keep it fair
25/02/2021 16:35:36 2 1
bbc
Made this point yesterday, it could be done.
25/02/2021 17:02:59 1 1
bbc
All the home teams have pitches prepared to suit the skillset of their players. I don't condone it but you can hardly accuse the Indians in isolation.
25/02/2021 21:57:44 1 2
bbc
Neutral groundsmen would damage England more than anybody. Nobody prepares more helpful home pitches for its bowlers than England.

Groundsmen are practically part of the English squad in home test matches. Anyone remember fusarium on the strip at Headingly to help Derek Underwood in 1972?
26/02/2021 01:58:07 0 0
bbc
None in England that’s for sure. It’s very known that the pitches there are made to order. Just search Alistair Cook Doctored Pitches. Is that cheating?
26/02/2021 10:07:44 0 0
bbc
Means India would thrash us at home as well!
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25/02/2021 14:46:07 2 2
bbc
145 all out. Why did England not dig in. It's a TEST of character... 180-200 and India would have been under serious pressure.. They rolled over. !!!
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25/02/2021 14:46:13 2 1
bbc
Root is the greatest captain of the England test team.

Breaking records baby.
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25/02/2021 14:46:22 232 21
bbc
That’s not test Cricket.
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25/02/2021 14:48:45 54 186
bbc
Actually it is.
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25/02/2021 14:50:33 19 6
bbc
140 embarrassing overs of WIN AT ANY COST cricket. A national embarrassment for India in their spanking new stadium.
863
25/02/2021 15:49:02 0 4
bbc
Aye, right! It is test cricket all right, not 20-20 as you were probably expecting. Dont believe me? Ask Boycott. :)
903
25/02/2021 15:53:42 4 12
bbc
hahahhahaa sour grapes
25/02/2021 16:54:16 1 8
bbc
Was certainly for India! What a cry baby.
25/02/2021 20:34:17 1 0
bbc
Agree.

When England batsman with highest test batting average in current team (Root) fails to get 20 in either innings, yet as a part-time, bit-part spin bowler takes 5 for 8 in just over 6 overs, you have got to question whether this was a 'fair contest' between bat and ball. England got less than 200 runs in total. India 145 ist innings. Many T20 teams scored more in an innings in the last IPL!
26/02/2021 07:23:32 0 0
bbc
It was just that. Ask KP.
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25/02/2021 14:46:22 11 1
bbc
England won the toss. India still won the match. Straight deliveries cost both teams.
India just about prevailed. Joe Root has taken it sportingly. I hope England come back and try and win. They are a good team.
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25/02/2021 14:49:44 9 2
bbc
140 overs. You cannot call that Test cricket. I am embarrassed on your behalf.
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25/02/2021 14:46:25 2 2
bbc
Terrible, embarrassing, how do you blame the pitch & the pandemic isn't that the same for both teams. A few dodgy decisions but then we had one in our favour! Really, really poor batting from England.
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25/02/2021 14:46:29 2 3
bbc
Losing the match aside, I’d be more concerned about it being a COVID super spreader event.....
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Ct
25/02/2021 14:46:38 3 1
bbc
Who pressed fast forward button, not too pleased with test cricket finishing under 6 sessions, something definitely needs more attention.
54
25/02/2021 14:46:46 1 3
bbc
What an embarrassing result, Mickey Mouse outfit have got found out, wow what a pasting! Utterly clueless!
55
25/02/2021 14:46:56 329 38
bbc
If I wanted to watch endless hours of spin I would have sat in front of the washing machine. A terrible advert for Test cricket.
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25/02/2021 14:54:18 71 47
bbc
I sweep better than the English batsman every week in my kitchen!
630
25/02/2021 15:27:34 0 2
bbc
That is Indias strength. Who needs Bumrah and Ishant Sharma
875
25/02/2021 15:50:08 3 1
bbc
Yes, such a sad contrast to watching the West Indies quicks getting through eight overs or so an hour forty years ago.
25/02/2021 16:24:33 5 7
bbc
If India had lost on a green meadow in Nottingham then these same English fans would be admiring the 'skill' of the English cricketers. Hypocrites!!!
25/02/2021 17:12:04 0 0
bbc
Like it!
25/02/2021 17:30:42 0 5
bbc
England is not particularly known for providing pitches that suit their visitors. English fans expecting pitches that helps them abroad are living a fantasy.

It's a "Test Cricket World Cup" series. All teams have prepared pitches to suit their strengths. Why expect India to worry about advert for test cricket than winning?
25/02/2021 18:52:08 2 1
bbc
But spin bowling is so much more interesting than endless overs of seam on a flat track where the batsmen score easy hundreds. When India lose in three days at Headingly or another venue next summer, will you blame the pitch then or blame the Indians lack of technique?
25/02/2021 20:32:42 0 1
bbc
I fully appreciate the comment but how many times have we seen test matches on ‘classic” English wickets where spinners are seen as an endangered species. Are we as guilty of producing pitches that suit our strengths? They do little to encourage the breadth of skills top test match cricket should be producing.
26/02/2021 08:34:34 0 0
bbc
I love watching endless hours of spin. What I don't like is watching only a few hours of spin.
26/02/2021 10:05:58 0 0
bbc
Many years ago I was a club team captain. One Saturday I was blessed with the two best spinners in the club. None of the opposition openers could play them and after about twenty overs they had only scored about 30 runs. The only ones upset were my own seam bowlers who both had to bowl with a used ball!
26/02/2021 17:04:04 0 0
bbc
You could also watch Boris?
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25/02/2021 14:40:50 6 11
bbc
Let's not talk about the pitch. And lets not mention the pitch as the pitch was decent. But some people will say the word pitch as they think the pitch was poor and the pitch was this and the pitch was that. And that the pitch was unplayable for England. Can we just not say anything about the pitch as pitch is all we all about. Lets have a pitch free debate as i have hardly mentioned it in my post
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25/02/2021 14:47:00 1 1
bbc
The pitch seemed truer than the last test -but the pink ball seemed turn and bounce more than the red -the next test with the red ball should be a better contest between bat and ball
25/02/2021 23:19:09 0 0
bbc
I admire your optimism.
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25/02/2021 14:47:02 0 5
bbc
Well they were never going to let England win at their brand new stadium were they
58
25/02/2021 14:47:09 2 2
bbc
The selection for this test gave the team absolutely no chance. Ridiculous batting line up, Archer is a genuine number 11, bairstow should have batted no higher than 6 or 7 if he was going to be included. And going in with one front line spinner in India, crazy
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25/02/2021 15:01:18 0 1
bbc
Not saying it was right but the hope was that under lights the pink ball would swing. They didn’t need to put many coins in the electricity meter did they - 1 full night session in the match and didn’t swing much. Previous day /night games did swing but that was pink kookaburra pink ball. This time SG pink ball
15
25/02/2021 14:41:42 420 57
bbc
Had that been a game between two English counties there would have been a thorough review of the pitch. England have been stitched up and no credit at all to India.
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25/02/2021 14:47:11 273 20
bbc
Agree. If I'd have produced this pitch I'd have been lucky not to have been fired. India are good enough without being given this sort of advantage....
25/02/2021 21:54:46 1 0
bbc
England never produce home advantage seaming pitches to assist their bowlers, do they?
??
26/02/2021 06:25:06 0 1
bbc
The groundsman at the local village green couldve done better, or the deck chair attendant at the beach, a farce, call off the tour, thatll wipe the smug look off faces
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25/02/2021 14:47:18 1 2
bbc
Awful pitch for both sides to play on! Some England players need to just concentrate on One day cricket and not think they are test quality. They won't get dropped because of who they are!
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25/02/2021 14:58:23 0 1
bbc
Not being dropped because of who they are is precisely the disease inflicting English cricket. No one, including English cricket management, should take any pride in this.
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25/02/2021 14:47:19 1 1
bbc
Sad to see England blown away by the Indian spinners because I do not think there is actually that much between the sides. England will probably defeat India quite comfortably in the Summer tests. What will India have to offer then? Kohli will still be the man to get out and the opener Rohit might have a couple of good knocks. Pujara and Pant are decent players but the bowlers will be ineffective.
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25/02/2021 14:55:48 0 2
bbc
Before we talk of the Summer, we need to consider that India's quickies are perhaps better than ours. They will also cause difficulties in England.
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Sar
25/02/2021 14:47:21 6 1
bbc
Shambolic batting from England, doesn't even cover it. No excuses, that was appalling
63
25/02/2021 14:47:26 3 1
bbc
Blame the pitch - ok wasn’t great.

Blame the selection - yes a second frontline spinner instead of a seamer would have been good (enter still an extra batsmen).

Simple though England didn’t deal with conditions as well as India. ESP first innings didn’t bat well enough Crawley aside.

Foakes looked useful against spin, need to bar higher. Pope underperformed. Bairstow trip home a failure.
151
25/02/2021 14:53:05 1 3
bbc
Don't blame the selection or the pitch. The English players are mentally weak and lack application. Like in every other area of work, their pay must be linked to performance.
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25/02/2021 14:47:27 218 16
bbc
This pitch has made a mockery of Test cricket and also tarnished India's reputation. Why not just prepare spinning tracks from ball one and play Tests over 2 days and guarantee a result? Or perhaps prepare wickets that are a true contest between bat and ball designed to last 4 to 5 days enabling the better team to win or the lesser team the opportunity to fight valiantly for a draw.
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25/02/2021 14:50:23 69 233
bbc
Why is it always the pitch? Grow up and accept that this team is not good enough. This test is over in two days because we could not bat.
579
25/02/2021 15:23:52 1 23
bbc
Its batsman's failure to put any sort of pressure on bowlers. Don't blame the pitch.
25/02/2021 16:18:47 1 3
bbc
The better team did win
jv
25/02/2021 17:14:49 1 1
bbc
25/02/2021 18:14:05 1 1
bbc
Innings 1: Sibley+Bairstow+Root+Stokes+Ollie+Foakes+Archer+Leach+Broad+Anderson 53 off 211 (Strike rate 25)

Innings 2: Sharma 66 off 96 (Strike rate 65)

Innings 3: Crawley+Sibley+Bairstow+Foakes+Archer+Leach+Broad+Anderson 25 off 90 (Strike rate 27)

Innings 4: Sharma 25 off 25 (Strike rate 100)

Pathetic batting by England. The same pitch, Indians scored more losing 10 than England losing 20.
25/02/2021 21:59:32 0 1
bbc
Stop whinging about the pitch and focus on England’s inept batting. Look how many of them were out bowled or lbw to STRAIGHT deliveries that didn’t turn?
KP
26/02/2021 00:42:10 0 0
bbc
Quit making excuses and focus on how to win next time. Indians never complain when they lose. The fact is that the English team can’t play spin. Grow up and quit making mockery of yourself and your “reputation”
65
25/02/2021 14:47:39 6 4
bbc
I still love test cricket - doesn't matter if it finished inside two days. Just shows that you need different skills in different conditions. Simple as that!
66
25/02/2021 14:47:46 169 5
bbc
Not a great performance from either side but the pitch has to be looked at, I’d be complaining if I turned up on a Saturday to play on it, let alone internationals!!
563
25/02/2021 15:22:38 18 147
bbc
The pitch was just a pitch. If you don't like the pitch, why tour ?
25/02/2021 17:22:43 2 1
bbc
Blimey, unsure what league you play in but I've seen much worse than that during club cricket........and better performances! Although also seen worse performances too! The joy of cricket!
25/02/2021 17:36:16 0 7
bbc
Rohit Sharma scored 90 odd runs on the same pitch at a good scoring rate!
Poor excuses from the supporters of a team playing poor cricket!
25/02/2021 18:19:17 0 7
bbc
Innings 1: Sibley+Bairstow+Root+Stokes+Ollie+Foakes+Archer+Leach+Broad+Anderson 53 off 211 (Strike rate 25)

Innings 2: Sharma 66 off 96 (Strike rate 65)

Innings 3: Crawley+Sibley+Bairstow+Foakes+Archer+Leach+Broad+Anderson 25 off 90 (Strike rate 27)

Innings 4: Sharma 25 off 25 (Strike rate 100)

Horrible batting by England. The same pitch, Indians scored more losing 10 than England losing 20.
25/02/2021 21:59:47 0 0
bbc
Stop whinging about the pitch and focus on England’s inept batting. Look how many of them were out bowled or lbw to STRAIGHT deliveries that didn’t turn?
26/02/2021 12:00:36 0 0
bbc
The pitch was fine not unpredictable or uneven just very lively for spin. Both teams mindset is fast cricket and that told. Why did you think India got bowled out for 36 in one bad session? Great bowling. You can watch that again. The mindsets in this fast world was rubbing on each team but in another era like 1970s, Gavaskar or Grieg would have played this out for 5 days.
22
25/02/2021 14:42:26 10 15
bbc
This has got to be the most embarrassing defeat involving an England cricket team in test match history
67
25/02/2021 14:47:58 7 2
bbc
The most embarrassing pitch, yes
14
25/02/2021 14:41:40 768 79
bbc
Well that is the final nail in the coffin of test cricket. If the authorities don’t clamp down on nations producing sub standard surfaces then that in my mind is the death of test cricket.

Test matches shouldn’t be over with inside two days.

Disgraceful.
68
25/02/2021 14:47:58 0 43
bbc
.... diddumzzzzz
25/02/2021 16:21:35 1 1
bbc
No arguing with that brilliant comment. Took ages to create.
69
25/02/2021 14:47:58 1 2
bbc
I must have spent my whole youth career playing on awful pitches like this, based on my batting average
70
25/02/2021 14:47:59 1 5
bbc
How good is Axar Patel
108
25/02/2021 14:50:30 2 1
bbc
Great insurance company.
115
25/02/2021 14:50:46 2 1
bbc
He is a chucked.Very suspect bowling action.
120
25/02/2021 14:50:52 0 1
bbc
At bowling straight ?
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PHO
25/02/2021 14:52:58 1 1
bbc
not as good as Root - 5 for 8 (its the wicket dummy)
71
25/02/2021 14:48:04 0 1
bbc
What a shock - whining about the pitch. Problem is almost all the ex-players commentating didn't think it was that bad - but it was player technique. And it didn't seem that difficult in those last 7 overs to wrap the match up.

Plus it's better than 690 followed by 578 for 7 match over.
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25/02/2021 14:48:05 462 16
bbc
India deserved the win - poor team selection by England, but when a part time spinner like Joe Root get the figures he did you have to seriously question the pitch.. a long way from anything acceptable for test cricket
340
25/02/2021 15:05:16 227 31
bbc
It wasn't a poor selection, the pitch should've handled seam bowling and spin... spinning like that from day 1... total joke
505
25/02/2021 15:18:21 2 6
bbc
Bess could have bowled until Tuesday and not taken a wicket on it
25/02/2021 16:06:34 6 1
bbc
Not to mention all 17 day 2 wickets to spin and AXAR PATEL ON DEBUT GETTING 11 WICKETS AND 2 5-WICKET HAULS TELLS YOU THAT AS WELL!!
Even for an India fan, this is a JOKE OF A PITCH!!!
25/02/2021 16:06:44 3 1
bbc
To be fair, how much better than 5/8 would a 2nd specialist spinner have bowled? Perhaps England should've played 1 or 2 extra batsmen ahead of Broad & Archer. Left the bowling to Anderson, Leach, Stokes and Root (who is possibly the 2nd best spin bowler anyway).
25/02/2021 17:22:12 1 2
bbc
The pitch is only questioned when a visiting team perishes in the subcontinent.

When the same happens in England/South Africa, it's bowlers' skill though.

Let's stop being hypocritical and start saying visitors can't play competitive cricket in the subcontinent.
Ron
25/02/2021 19:58:53 0 0
bbc
Who knows who deserved the win? A Root 5 for suggests that India have some issues with their ability to provide a test pitch here.
25/02/2021 22:21:06 0 0
bbc
Pink ball swings.You do not expect the ball to move 90 degrees on first delivery.
5
25/02/2021 14:40:48 46 9
bbc
Absolutely rubbish.
73
25/02/2021 14:48:06 22 35
bbc
Absolutely hilarious
74
25/02/2021 14:48:09 3 3
bbc
If we can organise a flight our local under 13s side will be available for next test before the schools start again.
75
25/02/2021 14:48:10 3 3
bbc
Same ground for next test so the next pitch is unlikely to be as good as this one. So , if the decision were mine to make , start afresh . Pick two all quicker all rounders eg woakes and stokes , pick leach and Bess and then the rest batsmen from the test and one day squads. It’s really T20 in a 5 day format.
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25/02/2021 14:51:45 2 3
bbc
Woakes has gone home. No point in him being there as he is never picked. I agree with the selection though. No point in playing a seamer unless they are fast (Stone or Wood) or can bat (Curran or Woakes). I hate to say it, but it will be the same in Australia. Really is time for Broad and Anderson to fall on their swords for the good of the team, even though their home performances are good.
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25/02/2021 14:48:15 4 7
bbc
England won the toss and still got thrashed by India, what do English fans have to say about it?
a) Blame the pitch
b) Blame third umpire
c) Blame the Indian crowd
d) Blame Narendra Modi
e) Blame everything except their team
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25/02/2021 14:50:22 4 1
bbc
A) blame the pitch as neither team could bat on it. Not test standard
131
25/02/2021 14:51:32 1 1
bbc
Clearly an Indian fan - I'm not sure the toss made much difference so stop talking tripe!
135
25/02/2021 14:51:43 1 1
bbc
It is hard to take seriously a test wicket on which Joe Root can record 5-8 on day 2.
173
25/02/2021 14:54:30 1 1
bbc
That’s a fair comment, if a little obvious.

But, if you are a cricket fan, do you think it’s right that ANY country to prepare a pitch that last less than 2 days?
Did you not see the footage, at the start of the days play, where a groundsman was sweeping the pitch with a dustpan and brush and it was leaving craters?

If England did this, and they have, I would be appalled.
8
25/02/2021 14:41:03 8 24
bbc
England aren't fit to take to the same field as Kohli.
77
25/02/2021 14:48:15 3 3
bbc
Were they on a field ?
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BSG
25/02/2021 14:48:22 0 2
bbc
They will get more runs in single 20/20 match between these two teams in a couple of weeks.

Next Test - Indian should play nine batsmen - then Ashwin and Axar. Don't need any other bowlers.
22
25/02/2021 14:42:26 10 15
bbc
This has got to be the most embarrassing defeat involving an England cricket team in test match history
79
25/02/2021 14:48:27 1 1
bbc
No - fought back really well in first session albeit couldn’t bat in the conditions.
8
25/02/2021 14:41:03 8 24
bbc
England aren't fit to take to the same field as Kohli.
80
25/02/2021 14:48:40 3 1
bbc
Why? England captain above him in test match batting rankings so obviously better player.
49
25/02/2021 14:46:22 232 21
bbc
That’s not test Cricket.
81
25/02/2021 14:48:45 54 186
bbc
Actually it is.
439
25/02/2021 15:12:27 13 1
bbc
How was that test cricket
829
Rob
25/02/2021 15:45:22 7 1
bbc
What, over in 2 days? Hardly!
920
25/02/2021 15:55:17 7 1
bbc
If that had been a 2nd XI club pitch, there would have been complaints. Test pitch,I don't think so !!
25/02/2021 16:31:45 5 1
bbc
It's cricket, Jim, but not as we know it.
25/02/2021 16:49:00 2 0
bbc
No it is not
25/02/2021 18:29:48 3 0
bbc
If it is it will soon be dead.
25/02/2021 20:36:25 1 0
bbc
When there are more runs in many one innings a side T20 matches then this is not proper test cricket.
25/02/2021 22:19:01 0 0
bbc
but not as any real fan would want to know it
82
25/02/2021 14:48:45 2 1
bbc
Glad I've not got a ticket..
This kind of match situation is a nail in the coffin of Test cricket.
Hopefully the return series will give the viewing public more opportunity to actually watch cricket rather than just the highlights.
83
25/02/2021 14:48:48 1 2
bbc
Man of the match with a score of 66.

England enabling records baby ??.
10
25/02/2021 14:41:15 9 3
bbc
I won't be wasting my time with the 4th test.
84
25/02/2021 14:48:51 8 9
bbc
Least you managed more than the England team, who stopped bothering after the 2nd test
LMAOOOO
25/02/2021 18:14:52 0 0
bbc
go and read your guardian hater !
25/02/2021 23:22:45 0 0
bbc
It is a shame that you were not assassinated sooner.
85
25/02/2021 14:48:53 0 1
bbc
Terrible pitch, also a terrible performance from England (this morning's bowling spell aside)
86
25/02/2021 14:48:56 93 7
bbc
140 overs.
140 overs.

Only way to stop this is for the advertisers and broadcasters to take cash back. Indian cricket is about money and politics. Period.

#embarrased4cricket
25/02/2021 18:22:08 22 1
bbc
And maybe a points (win prizes) deduction for continual infractions? As a one-off it's not good but the trend is worrying for the future of the Test format for sure. Some home advantage to be expected & tolerated of course buts needs to be balanced
26/02/2021 10:20:55 0 0
bbc
A winning well. England overwhelmed by the home sides batting, bowling and fielding. Perhaps the England Team should only get paid when they win. Quite a serious incentive what!
87
25/02/2021 14:49:00 1 1
bbc
Regardless of the analysis and dissection of this test discussing the surface, selection, team rotation, players attitude, umpires decisions etc, one thing is sure we cannot consistently post competitive scores required at this level. I’m sick of everyone involved in Test cricket trying to justify the England players, we cannot bat against top opposition. Against spin we are terrible.
33
25/02/2021 14:43:49 5 8
bbc
Commentry.
England.
Third world.

Rubbish ??.
88
25/02/2021 14:49:04 6 2
bbc
Ruley.
Spelling.
Rubbish.
89
25/02/2021 14:49:10 7 7
bbc
Absolute garbage. Ignore the pitch, England have been out-classed by India. Because Broad, Anderson, Leach and Archer are all genuine number 11s, it dictates that the top 7 have to be superb. If, however, they picked a number 8 who can bat (Woakes or Curran) then they can pick Leach and two speedsters. Therefore the presence of Broad and Anderson is stopping the team developing. Time to go.
90
25/02/2021 14:49:13 139 7
bbc
You have to ask questions about England's selection/rotation policy.
In addition to the questions regarding batting against spin. Look at all the wickets that fell to spinners, including a part time Root...and we picked 4 seam bowlers? (Stokes, Anderson, Broad, Archer)
England have done this in India before and yet we never seem to learn...scratching my head.
176
25/02/2021 14:54:45 51 25
bbc
The rotation policy did not lose us the match. It was the inept batting against spin bowling that cost us
238
25/02/2021 14:58:16 5 1
bbc
4 seam bowlers unbelievable ffs
367
25/02/2021 15:07:47 1 2
bbc
A part time spinner like Root gets 5 wickets and yet it's not because the pitch is bad?
539
25/02/2021 15:20:27 7 2
bbc
The previous day night / pink ball tests have all been dominated by seam bowlers, hence the England selection. I suspect the BCCI were spooked by England winning the 1st test and resorted to questionable pitch preparation to ensure it wasn't repeated.
25/02/2021 16:29:13 3 1
bbc
I think when you play in India you pick 2 spinners and have a strong discussion about whether to play a third. Having said that I don’t think England could have bowled India out for much less than 140 odd. The problem was not getting enough runs on the board after winning the toss. India were the better team but like many others have said it was a shame that the pitch was below par.
25/02/2021 16:39:31 0 1
bbc
As others have said could have picked 11 batsmen who can bowl a bit and still not scored enough. But agree Anderson Broad and Archer cannot be in same team, not enough variety. Broad did nothing in last Test to keep Woakes out.
25/02/2021 16:57:14 1 0
bbc
Rotation policy - Isn't that where their best spin comes from?
25/02/2021 17:57:12 2 0
bbc
Our spinners are not of the same standard as the Indians. Home advantage is a huge bonus. Also, I heard a comment about the amount of time our batsmen have been out there and how that should have been a help to them. How many minutes have they had at the crease? Bairstow was walking his dog in the snow not long ago and now he is expected to get up to speed immediately. Not possible.
23
25/02/2021 14:42:30 127 55
bbc
Until people like Jonathan Agnew change their mindset about cricketing cultures outside England, nothing is going to improve. England won the toss for god sake and yet they lost by 10 wickets!! 112 and 81 were pretty poor.
91
25/02/2021 14:49:29 54 4
bbc
At least no one has posted “win toss win match” for this test ??
741
25/02/2021 15:36:55 2 6
bbc
yea the brigade is now blaming pitch. Why don't people get even if the pitch is poor, it's same for both!
92
25/02/2021 14:49:36 2 1
bbc
Don't get me wrong England's batting was beyond shocking and India deserved to win. But if you're telling me a pitch where a part time bowler can get 5/8 on day two is a good pitch then test cricket has lost all value.
93
25/02/2021 14:49:43 2 1
bbc
Its just not the pitch to be looked at but also T20 plays players have had over the last year. If they are not used to play slow cricket, then it would be challenging for them. Reducing the number of T20 matches is one of the ways to improve test cricket.
50
25/02/2021 14:46:22 11 1
bbc
England won the toss. India still won the match. Straight deliveries cost both teams.
India just about prevailed. Joe Root has taken it sportingly. I hope England come back and try and win. They are a good team.
94
25/02/2021 14:49:44 9 2
bbc
140 overs. You cannot call that Test cricket. I am embarrassed on your behalf.
4
25/02/2021 14:40:47 11 10
bbc
today in English Cricket..India 145 all out...an hour later..back to whinging about the pitch...Sibley golf swinging..and the lower order reverse sweeping
95
25/02/2021 14:49:46 3 7
bbc
well said Vikram. You're the only voice of reason on the Cricket HYS
251
25/02/2021 14:59:05 2 3
bbc
i only call what i see.
96
25/02/2021 14:49:46 3 1
bbc
Yes the pitch was a disgrace, but it looked like a bunch of posers where at the crease instead of batsmen. Push the bat forward and hope for the best seemed to be the best attack from the English team.
97
25/02/2021 14:49:51 1 1
bbc
Really disappointed with the pitch - should not get away with that. Ban cricket from new stadium for 12 months!
Team selection extremely poor. Everyone knows what YJB can do and in Test Cricket it isn't much. Ideal opportunity to give younger players a chance so why not play Lawrence again to give him experience - he couldn't have done any worse! I would be tempted to say the same for Broad too.
98
25/02/2021 14:49:51 1 1
bbc
Congratulations India, you can only beat what’s put in front of you, even if it’s that dross.

Here’s my idea for us - pick 8 batsmen and 3 spinners (we do have that on tour don’t we?). Put Stokes at 7 and Bairstow at 6. Then if the usual top order collapse happens they can pretend it’s the IPL and smash a few or try to at least.
99
25/02/2021 14:49:55 13 2
bbc
Kolhi not a patch on Sachin Tendulkar classy manner.
25/02/2021 17:07:35 5 2
bbc
He doesn't need to be mate just because he expresses himself he is considered to be arrogant which he is absolutely not.. rather than finding faults at him its better English batsman sort out their game
100
25/02/2021 14:49:59 1 3
bbc
The future of cricket 2 day tests more time for T20’s ????