The English batters have fallen short of fitting in the series against India. After the failure on the opening day, England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes opened up the batting condition. He said these are the “hardest conditions” that he has experienced in his career. Except for the first Test in Chennai, England’s batting has been gloomy and techniques have been dismal. Joe Root’s side has failed massively to knit any competitive score. On the opening day of the final Test, England folded their innings at 205 runs at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
“I have played like 70 odd games now, these are the hardest conditions that I have faced as a batsman,” Stokes told during the virtual press conference.
“Obviously, I have played all around the world. I think it is a case of finding it in your own way, it’s not about like you go and say ”this is what we need to do better as a group”. It is about how we can go about it as individuals and when we come back here next time, (it will be about) how we progressed as individuals because everyone plays in a different way.”
Stokes rated the pitch better than the previous pitch. England’s 205 seems better than the previous scores of 112 and 81.
“This morning and this afternoon, it was more about the bounce that was an issue rather than the turning in,” Stokes said.
“But later in the day, the ball started to spin a little bit more. Overall, it is a much better wicket than it was in the last game played here,” he added.
Stokes scored 55 in the first innings, the highest run-getter for England in the first innings.