The Chennai field used for the ongoing second test between India and England has attracted a lot of attention on Twitter, with former cricketers coming up with differing views on the surface. The field helped bowlers turn from day 1, and 15 wickets fell on the second day. Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter on Sunday and applauded India for preparing a “brave wicket” despite being in the four-game streak after losing the first Test. A brutal dig to Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Pietersen, wrote in his tweet “well-thrown” Virat Kohli.
Such a brave wicket to prepare for a test match IN India when India is in the series.
Had India lost the toss they would have been down 2-0.
Well thrown, @imVkohli
– Kevin Pietersen (@ KP24) February 14, 2021
Former England captain Michael Vaughan praised India for being the better side in the second Test, but criticized the Chepauk field, calling it a shocker.
It’s entertaining cricket because things are happening all the time, but let’s face it, this pitch is a shocker .. Make no excuses because India has been better, but this is not a 5 day test match prepared … #INDvENG
– Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 14, 2021
While another former England skipper Michael Atherton said the field in Chennai is tricky but has been the same from the start and therefore throwing was inconclusive.
Reality bites, just like the spinners of India. Pant, Ashwin and Foakes were excellent today. Pitch very difficult, but worth repeating, point made yesterday, it was very difficult from the start. Don’t throw decisively
– Mike Atherton (@Athersmike) February 14, 2021
On Saturday, India won the coin toss and chose to hit on a dry pitch.
The hosts lost to Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli to nothing, but Rohit Sharma’s scintillating batting game helped India to place 329 in their first innings.
Moeen Ali picked up four wickets while Olly Stone picked up three.
In response, England got 134 runs to give India a 195-run lead in the first innings.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the star with the ball for the hosts when the off-spinner completed his 29th five-wicket shot in Test cricket.
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