Ben Stokes defends spin-friendly pitches in India


Brushing apart claims of India meting out spin-friendly pitches on objective, England all-rounder Ben Stokes acknowledged a Check participant needs to be geared up to deal with any scenario. He added each India and England, like different cricket-playing nations, include their very own set of challenges.

Ben Stokes’ feedback got here after former England captain Michael Vaughan raised a purple flag about spinning tracks hampering Check cricket. Whereas England negated the spin menace of each the pitch and India’s bowlers of their 227-run first Check win, the hosts romped to a 317-run victory within the second match on a floor which aided comparatively extra spin.

“The factor about being a Check batsman is that you just want to have the ability to deal with all kinds of situations. India is among the locations the place it’s a lot more durable for abroad batsmen to return and achieve success, however then so too is England. And that’s a part of the sport, the challenges and why we like it,” Ben Stokes wrote in his column for the Each day Mirror.

Whereas the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai had the spinners licking their lips, the pink ball Check on the refurbished Motera is prone to carry the quicker bowlers into play. Ben Stokes additionally echoed related sentiments whereas including nobody is aware of how the brand new floor will play.

“Typically world wide each time these pink ball video games are performed, there may be all the time a interval when the ball begins doing a bit underneath lights and it brings the seamers proper into the sport. For us out right here, that might be large,” Ben Stokes talked about.

“And at a model new floor that appears fairly spectacular, nobody will know simply the way it will react. We’ve received spin division, however hopefully with situations that swimsuit, we’ve definitely received a seam division to again them up strongly,” Ben Stokes additional added.

Notably, England are the final abroad facet to have gained a Check collection in India. Sir Alastair Prepare dinner’s boys trumped the hosts 2-1 on the 2012/13 tour.


“Good factor is we all know what it takes to win out right here” – Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes’ solely wicket on this collection is that of Virat Kohli within the first Check [Credits: England Cricket]

The four-Check collection is deadlocked at 1-1. Each matches have been dictated by the group successful the toss and opting to bat first, after which exploiting the evident roughs and cracks that open up on the final 2-3 days.

Ben Stokes attributed the development to “scoreboard stress”, as the primary innings of each Checks noticed loads of runs placed on the board.

“Scoreboard stress in Check cricket might be at its most outstanding within the subcontinent, and performs a large half in attempting to win the sport. The nice factor is we all know what it takes to win out right here, so it’s about placing that into follow as soon as extra, studying what we are able to from the second Check and delivering this week,” Ben Stokes reasoned.

Wickets got here at a premium for speedsters within the second Check, with star all-rounder Ben Stokes bowling simply two overs within the first innings and none within the second. He hinted at sending down just a few extra deliveries with the pink ball.

“Don’t learn an excessive amount of into the truth that I didn’t bowl an enormous quantity within the second sport, I’m positive if it was a inexperienced seamer, I might have bowled much more overs. I feel there could also be extra cause for me to bowl underneath lights within the subsequent sport if it can assist the group,” Ben Stokes added.

The third Check begins on Wednesday (February 24). Whereas England have to win the remaining two matches to play New Zealand within the World Check Championship last, India have to win the collection by not less than a one-Check margin to qualify for the summit conflict.


Printed 22 Feb 2021, 12:13 IST



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