Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has said in his recent tweet that the Chennai pitch in used in the second Test match is a ‘beach’. His tweet comes after the pitch sowed signs of sharp turn and bounce on the very first day of the Test match. The pitch garnered a lot of attention in the way it played out in the first Test. 24 wickets were taken by the spinners compared to 16 by the pacers.
The Chepauk pitch at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai produced a rank turner for the first Test between India and England. Meanwhile, the curators spoke about preparing a better pitch for the second Test. In all likeliness, the pitch was expected to carry more pace bounce and carry in the second Test as compared to the first Test.
“If England wins this week having lost the toss on this beach … it will be a remarkable Victory … #INDvENG,” tweeted Vaughan sharing his thoughts on the Chennai pitch.
Michael Vaughan’s Tweet on Chennai Pitch
If England win this week having lost the toss on this beach … it will be a remarkable Victory … #INDvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 13, 2021
However, though it showed promising signs in the first hour of the opening day of the Test match, the wickets of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane showed the kind of turn the pitch had on offer.
Jack Leach, the second spinner alongside Ali, also made the ball talk. He dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara with a ball taking the outside edge of Pujara’s bat.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma and Ainkya Rahane played the swept shot several times to not allow the turn much. It was a thoughtful ploy from Rohit and Rahane to cut down the threat of the spinning delivery.
Earlier, skipper Kohli had won the toss and he opted to bat first. The hosts made three changes to their lineup as they brought in Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, and Mohammed Siraj in place of Shahbaz Nadeem, Washington Sundar, and Jasprit Bumrah.
On the other hand, England made four changes as the side brought in Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, and Ben Foakes in place of Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, James Anderson, and Jos Buttler.
England is already 1-0 up in the four-match series and India needs to win the series by at least a margin of 2-1 to make the finals of the World Test Championship (WTC).