IND vs ENG: It has been happy hunting ground for spinners and fast bowlers at Narendra Modi Stadium
The upcoming 4th Test between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad brings risks and hopes regarding the pitch after 3rd test ended inside two days with the batsmen being unable play along with spin on a turning track,
Whatever, the pitch might be for the last Test of the series, truly at Motera, spinners have gotten a larger number of wickets than fast bowlers. Around 60% of all wickets at the ground have been taken by spinners.
In any case, the best bowling figures at the ground have a place with a fast bowler – Kapil Dev returned 9 for 83 against the West Indies in the first-since forever Test played at the setting in 1983.
Spinners have picked under 10 wickets in just three of the 12 Tests played at the ground and their total topped in the 2005 Test against Sri Lanka where 29 wickets went to spinners.
Already, the 1994 Test against Sri Lanka yielded 26 wickets for spinners while the 2001 England Test saw spinners getting 25 wickets.
The 3rd England Test that finished a month ago saw 28 out 30 wickets tumbling to spinners.
Motera hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for England who have to win the fourth test to level the series. They have drawn one (2001) and lost two Tests (2012,2021) and before Joe Root’s 5 for 8, Ashley Giles’ 5 for 67 in the drawn 2001 Test was the best bowling performance by England. No England fast bowlers has picked up a five-wicket haul yet at Motera.
R Ashwin and Axar Patel feats in the last Test aside, Harbhajan Singh (7 for 62 vs Sri Lanka, 2005) and Anil Kumble (7 for 115 vs England, 2001) have been the top spin bowlers for India at the field.