The Headingley pitch has once again become the focus as the third Test is underway between England and India. India have won the toss and opted to bat first. The start, however, was not as expected as India lost KL Rahul (0) and Cheteshwar Pujara (1). James Anderson took both the wickets in his opening spell to send the visitors on the back foot immediately. Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar has hit back on the topic of pitches in his commentary stint with Sony Sports.
During the commentary, Sunil Gavaskar said that the Indian team does not complain about the kind of pitches that are offered to them.
“Indian cricketers never complain about playing on the greener surfaces; either they are playing in England or Australia. But, on the contrary, the English team will always moan if given spin-friendly pitches in India,” Sunil Gavaskar said on the ‘Extra Innings’ show at Sony.
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Sunil Gavaskar’s comments are a response to former England cricketers who criticised Indian players of complaining about the series.
“In Nottingham, it was a green top; it was the same story at Lord’s. At Headingley, too, we can see a tinge of grass. Did you heard any Indian cricketers complaining about it? This Indian cricket team doesn’t fear playing on any surface. This is a big statement from this Indian cricket team. And for England, if you want to win a series in India, start producing quality spinners.”
A Good Batsman Or Bowler Must Perform On Any Surface: Sunil Gavakar
Gavaskar concluded his point by saying that the England team have won in the past on Indian pitches and that a player needs to be a good player of spin to play against quality spinners.
“It is not that they have never won in India, but during those series, they have some world-class spinners. A good batsman or bowler must perform at any surface,” says Gavaskar.