Ahmedabad: In the ongoing four-match Test series between India and England, the issue regarding the pitch is hot. Now former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has also jumped into this discussion. Let me tell you that the ruckus about the Pitch Controversy increased when India defeated England by 10 wickets on the second day in the third Test to take a 2–1 lead in the four-match series. The pitch was severely criticized by former England captains and a group of British media such as Michael Vaughan.
Akhtar targeted Team India
Now former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has targeted Team India in his YouTube channel. Shoaib Akhtar said, ‘A pitch where there is an excessive turn and where the match ends in two days, it is not a good thing for Test cricket. India is a very strong team and in that case they should have prepared a good pitch for the Test.
‘There was no need to make such a pitch’
Shoaib Akhtar said, ‘India would have beaten England even if it had played on a better pitch, but it did not need to make such a pitch. Team India did not have to be afraid. Akhtar said, ‘Was a helpful pitch made for Team India in Melbourne? How did India win the series there?
Expect a better pitch from a big team like India
Shoaib Akhtar said, ‘Home Advantage makes sense, but I think it is not right to take so much advantage. If India had scored 400 and England were out for 200, then we could have said that England played poorly, but here India too was dismissed for 145 runs.
Akhtar further said, ‘A better team is expected from a big team like India. India does not need to prepare such wickets. I think India should focus on this. They are a much better team than this. If the Indian team can beat Australia at their home, then there was no need for them to make a spinner helpful pitch.