Ind vs Eng: Alastair Cook slams Virat Kohli for defending Motera pitch

Former England skipper Alastair Cook slammed Virat Kohli’s stance on the Motera pitch and said the Indian captain “defended the wicket almost as if it’s a BCCI thing.”

Opposing Kohli’s assessment of the third Test between India and England, Cook said that batting was nearly impossible on the newly laid strip on the revamped stadium in Ahmedabad.

“Virat Kohli’s come out and defended the wicket almost as if it’s a BCCI thing — it cannot possibly be the wicket. Yet it was so hard to bat on that. So hard,” said the England batsman to Channel 4.

“Take the wicket out and blame the batsmen?” Cook asked about Kohli’s assessment of the pitch that it’s a “very good pitch to bat on, especially in the first innings”.

“To be honest, I don’t think the quality of batting was up to standards. We were 100 for 3 and bowled out for less than 150. It was just that the oddball turning and it was a good wicket to bat in the first innings,” said the Indian captain after the match.

According to many players, the Motera pitch was not ideal for Test matches as only two batsmen, one each from both sides could score a half-century as spinners dominated by taking 28 off the 30 wickets during the match. However, the likes of Sunil Gavaskar lauded the spinners rather than finding fault with the pitch.

Cook added, “We’ve got Virat Kohli, Joe Root, we have some great players of spin. Yes, we’ve got some people who have got to learn to play spin better, but we have got great players of spin also struggling.

“To me, it’d be great to have that game with the red ball to see the difference when the ball is skidding on. Today trying to play properly, it was nigh-on impossible.”

As one of England’s all-time greats, Cook had a high success rate against India during his illustrious career. He spoke about how several deliveries straightened on landing, especially when bowled by Axar Patel, who took 11 wickets in the match.

“We saw a stat that says this pitch has spun more than any other pitch in India. There have been so many other balls that have gone straight on as well. So that means when it is turning, it is turning miles,” Cook said.

“When you see the highlights and the ball skidding on you, we don’t see the build-up: when the exact same ball is spinning miles.”


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