In what can be described as a new low in competition on the tiered India-Pakistan pitch, PM Imran Khan’s Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party retweeted the tweet of former British cricketer Michael Vaughan who took a stealthy dig in field in India. Vaughan shared an image of a stadium in Pakistan, rekindling the commotion over Chepauk’s surface. Sharing the image on Twitter, Vaughan said the ground view looked ‘stunning’ and added ‘looks like a beautifully prepared pitch too’. Vaughan, who was at the forefront of criticism of the Chepauk pitch, was capped off by England captain Joe Root himself, who indicated that the pitch had no role in their defeat in the second Test. Vaughan’s tweet was retweeted by PTI official Imran Khan handle.
Noise above Chepauk Square
With India dominating the second Test against England, several game veterans have jumped to blame the field for England’s poor performance on the bat at Chepauk. Former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh has criticized the pitch in Chepauk, calling it ‘unacceptable’ at Test level. Waugh juniors highlighted that it was unacceptable for the ball to cross the top of the surface on day 1 of the main part of the pitch.
On the other hand, spin maestro Shane Warne educated Michael Vaughan as the last to blame the field for India’s advantage in the ongoing Test. Warne underlined that the pitch had been the same from day one but the English bowlers failed to shoot brilliantly while the Indian batsmen were at the top of their game. The duo have gotten into a war of words on Twitter as they battle over the pitch in the game so far.
Meanwhile, after the defeat in the second Test, England captain Joe Root insisted that the throws and throws had no role in their defeat. The England captain added that they had anticipated turning behavior on the pitch and added that winning throws would not guarantee victory either. “The fact is that India has shown that you can score goals on it and has found a way to manage a very complicated surface so we have to learn from it, add it to our own game and come back the better for it,” he said.
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