England spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel admitted that the team’s decision to pick three seamers on turning track is the major reason for England’s failure in the 3rd Test vs India at Narendra Modi Stadium.
England and India lock horns to play the 3rd test match at Narendra Modi Stadium on February 24. Moreover, this is the first International match that was hosted by the newly opened iconic Narendra Modi Stadium.
The 3rd Test match ends in a pathetic way where India beats England within the 2 days. Both the team fails to cross the 150 run mark in their respective innings.
Jeetan Patel reveals the reason for the failure in 3rd Test vs India
In a virtual press conference on Monday, Patel said: “Look, it is India, it is Asia. We expect to get spinning surfaces, maybe we did not expect to take a spin as early as it did and hence the line-up we picked.
It was a tough pitch to play on and we got on the wrong side of it. In the first innings when we won the toss, 112 was not going to be enough on any surface — spinning, flat, or seaming.
We were excited when we bowled India out for 140-odd. But again it did not click in the second innings. If we had scored 200 or 230 in the first innings, the game could have been different.”
“The Pink ball reacted differently and it did not go the way we thought it would go. We had a plan but it did not quite work. The pink ball had so many unknowns really and how it will react in terms of the wicket we did not know. You are never sure how things are going to play in Asia,” he added.
Many former England players including Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss, and Michael Vaughan criticized the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium.