Wasim Jaffer is a rage of Twitter.(Wasim Jaffer/Instagram)
Wasim Jaffer is a rage of Twitter.(Wasim Jaffer/Instagram)

'This pitch is really difficult to complain about': Wasim Jaffer takes dig at former England players

Former India batsman Wasim Jaffer on Saturday took a jibe at England's batting line-up and hoped that the visitors would get a decent score in the second innings because there is nothing to complain about the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 03:05 PM IST

There was a lot of criticism by former England skippers like Michael Vaughan, Alastair Cook, and Andrew Strauss regarding the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The third Test match finished inside 2 days and it kickstarted a row over the pitch in Ahmedabad.

At the start of the fourth Test, people wondered what kind of surface would be on offer. It wasn't an extremely difficult pitch to bat on as England made 205 runs in their first innings. In reply, India took a 160-run lead as they scored 365. It laid to rest all speculation about the wicket in Ahmedabad.

In the second innings, England are currently in a precarious position as lost their first six wickets for a score under 100.

Former India batsman Wasim Jaffer on Saturday took a jibe at England's batting line-up and hoped that the visitors would get a decent score in the second innings because there is nothing to complain about the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium.


Many former England cricketers have been criticising the wickets being used in the four-match Test series as they are favouring more spin. Former England captain Michael Vaughan was quite vocal in his criticism of the pitches used in the series and went a step further and asked for the ICC to look into the wickets after the third game ended in two days.

Taking to Twitter, Jaffer wrote, "I hope England at least get a decent score in the second innings because this pitch is really difficult to complain about. #INDvsENG."


Taking to Instagram, Vaughan on Tuesday shared a picture of him standing in dugup soil with a bat in his hands. "Preparations going well for the 4th Test !! #OnOn #INDvENG," he wrote in the caption.

In the ongoing fourth Test between India and England, the hosts are in the driver's seat as they dismantled the English top-order in the second essay after setting a 160-run lead.

After the completion of 19 overs, England was at 46/4 with Joe Root unbeaten on 16 and Ollie Pope not out on five runs. For India, spinners put the hosts on top as Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel scalped two wickets each.

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Earlier, resuming the third day on 294/7, overnight batters Washington Sundar and Axar saw off the first hour with ease and the duo scored runs at a brisk pace, piling on further misery on the tired England bowlers. The first hour saw India scoring 50 runs as both Sundar and Axar looked to make the most of the bad balls from the visiting bowlers.

Just when the 100-run plus partnership looked to take India's lead beyond England's reach, Axar (43) was run out against the run of play. In the very next over, Ishant Sharma (0) was out leg before off the bowling of Ben Stokes and India's score was reduced to 365/9 with Sundar still four runs away from his century.

While Sundar would have hoped for Siraj to hold one end up, Stokes cleaned him up in the same over as the all-rounder was left stranded -- four short of a much-deserved maiden Test century.

(with ANI inputs)

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