Stop ‘moaning and groaning’ about pitches in India, says Vivian Richards – WATCH

March 02, 2021 | Updated 10:11 am

Stop ‘moaning and groaning’ about pitches in India, says Vivian Richards – WATCH

Former West Indies skipper Sir Vivian Richards has expressed his own thoughts on the ongoing debate surrounding the pitch on which the third Test between India and England was played.

In a video on his social handle, Viv Richards said that people around the globe need to stop cribbing about the nature of the pitch.

The legendary batsman also pointed out that playing on Indian surfaces have always been about tackling the spin attack and if the England team had done their homework ahead of their tour then they would have been better prepared.

“I’ve been asked questions recently about the Test match that was played in India. The second and third Test match against England. And I am a little confused about the question really because there seems to be a lot of moaning and groaning about the wicket that they were playing on. I just felt that the ones who are moaning, in my opinion, should realise that there are times that you’re going to get a seaming track, a ball that is basically jumping off a good length and everyone thinks that’s a problem for batters. There are times batters sometimes cope with that,” Richards said in a video posted on his Facebook page.

Riding on Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin’s dazzling spells with the ball, Team India registered an emphatic 10-wicket win over England in the pink-ball Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Thursday (February 25) to go 2-1 up in the four-match series. The match which was finished in two days saw the spinners dominating from the two sides but it was India’s lead of 33 runs that required them to score 49 runs in the fourth inning to win the match.

Joe Root’s Three Lions also struggled to cope with the turning pitch at Chepauk during the second, as India struck gold with R Ashwin’s blistering display with both bat and ball.

Speaking about this, the Richards added that the entire talk about the pitch is also due to the Indian bowlers pushing England batsmen out of their comfort zone.

“Rather than the moaning and groaning, especially just recently how quickly that Test match was over. It gives England an opportunity and a chance to assess things, to believe that for some reason the wicket that they’re going to encounter in the fourth Test is going to be the same. If I was India or I had anything to do with the preparations of the wicket, I would bring in very much the same,” Richards said.

“Ever since that first Test match, England were in their comfort zone. They have now been taken out of their comfort zone at present and they have got to find ways and means to cope with what they are going to encounter. Spin in all part of the game, this is what a Test match brings. The Indian pacers have been brilliant over the past few years in terms of substance, the wicket-taking ability and stuff like that. But now that you’re in India, you are going to encounter things and have got to find a way. You’re going to get dirty. There is nothing in the rule book that says I’ve got to score my runs in pretty, classical ways.”

“I just believe all the moaning and groaning has got to stop and just not see the classical side of things in terms of Indian armoury. And from where I’m sitting, it’s good to see,” he added.