Following England’s defeat to India inside two days in the recently-concluded third pink-ball Test, former England spinner Monty Panesar has expressed his disappointment towards the surface on offer and reckoned that the biggest stadium in the world deserves longer matches.
Panesar also compared the game to club cricket in England where a team gets bundled out for a score less than 100. The Test turned out to be the shortest since the Second World War as it lasted only 842 balls. Hence, a lot of questions has been raised regarding the quality of the pitch.
“It was like playing club cricket on a Saturday in England. When we play club cricket, we will bowl a team out for under 100, and then it’s difficult to chase because it’s a turning pitch,” Monty Panesar told ANI.
“I think being the biggest stadium in the world, Narendra Modi Stadium deserves longer Test matches because people want to see how good the wicket is, you look at the stadium, beautiful views, and what an amazing stadium India has produced.
“It does not deserve a two-day Test match that’s under 900 balls, you might just play on a park, if you are going to play this type of cricket,” the 38-year-old further stated.
In fact, Panesar also said that ICC should look into the matter and dock India’s points if a similar kind of pitch is on offer for the fourth and final Test. He also said that the Ahmedabad pitch was even worse than the Chennai pitch.
“I think if the next Test match is the same, then yes, the ICC should dock points. Everyone is delighted that cricket has now got the biggest stadium in the world now.
“At least the curator should have produced a good wicket, even if it’s a turning wicket, everyone was complaining about Chennai, this was even worse,” he concluded.