With the Motera track showing no signs of wear and tear, a result looked improbable even after the end of day four but the academic interest was whether India can effect a collapse on day five.
Only 21 wickets have fallen so far in the Test in the last 4.5 days and it has again sparked a debate on the kind of pitches Test cricket needs.
Responding to the Ahmedabad pitch, former India head coach Ravi Shastri said while on air for commentary at Star,“We need to talk about these numbers – 91 wickets over seven days and 15 wickets over four days.” Former India coach Ravi Shastri shot back: “So what do you want, this kind of a pitch or the other pitches? You don’t want to finish in three days yes, totally agree, but that could also be because of incompetent batting. I hope all those whiners about Indian pitches are happy now.”
While former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh called the Ahmedabad pitch ’22-day pitch’. While doing commentary for Fox Sports, he said, ” The last three Tests were two-day pitches, but this is a 22-day pitch. It’s not good enough, [India] knew they only needed a draw to win the series, and India are batting like they want a draw, very disappointing we won’t get a result here.”
Meanwhile, Australian batters adopted a risk-free approach to reach 73 for 1 at lunch on the final day of the fourth Test against India as the match meandered towards a dull draw, here Monday.
Australian batters adopted a risk-free approach to reach 73 for 1 at lunch on the final day of the fourth Test against India as the match meandered towards a dull draw.
With Sri Lanka not likely to win the opening Test against New Zealand in Christchurch, the Indian team will be a happy unit, going into lunch as they are all set to enter the World Test Championship final.