Different Challenges For Alternate 22-Yards in Test Cricket:

In Test Cricket; Here is a look at how different challenges of alternate 22-yards or pitches throw new actions to the players and the teams to face.

Every single day delivers separate challenges in our life. You get up one morning, you don’t feel in the top of your world; you don’t do the job in the best possible manner you can, but that’s what you could simply expect in your life; don’t you? Those people who want everything on an instant application don’t know how to survive. Persons walk pass the rose garden hardly smell its fragrance. 

Different Grounds and Different Conditions:

That’s how Cricket shapes up; every single game in limited formats brings some summons whereas each day of the longer format of the game could lead you to individual aspects of the game; and it keeps on changing in unfamiliar conditions. You wouldn’t or shouldn’t expect the same kind of challenges in different places.

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When teams play in England, you have to adjust your game according to the lash green pitches or overcast conditions or in a little bit of drizzle in the air; look at Virat Kohli who had a nightmare against Jimmy Anderson and Co. in 2014 but fast forward 4years, he had rectified all his faults in the techniques to get truck-loaded runs. In New Zealand or South Africa, the ball will swing and seem whereas in Australia, you would see the ball to travel besides your ears, specially in Perth. Come to the sub-continents and you have to bring your ‘A’ game against the spinners and the close-in fielders.

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Spin to Win in Asia:

Do you think, England would tour Asia for 6-test matches and find something like seaming pitches of freshy cut lawns with a duke ball in hand under the cloud-cover sky? Say no without any hesitation. But the 22-yard in the 2nd Chepauk test has caught some eyes of the former players as a worst one. There’s no one to say that the pitch is a good surface with uneven bounce and sharp turn being available from the first ball of the game. After the dismissal of Rahane to the end of England, 16 wickets fell for 214-odd runs between two sides which proves that batting is the hardest job.

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But the past had witnessed so many incidents like that against the swing of the duke ball. There aren’t too many complaints when Ireland were bundled out for just 38 at Lord’s in 2019 after the home side could only post 85 earlier. The world didn’t react when the touring Australia side were blown away for mere 60 runs against Stuart Broad’s 8-15. India have recently played against the top-quality Australian bowling on Gabba receiving blows on every part of the body or in 2018 where they did the same on a tough broken Johannesburg pitch; but they haven’t made any complains.

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Because you England fans have grown up on the soil, you love to watch those swing deliveries, the side dancing shoes, some uhhs and ahhs, the sound of flying top of off and so on. You guys love the chilly weather; don’t you? In one of the games in Old Trafford last summer I was hearing that players are feeling the heat of 20 degree!!! Trust me, besides that you will enjoy the cricket in India. Have you seen the delivery that got Stokes in the first innings of the 2nd test?

Don’t turn the telly off in anger; the ball just spans to get the top off middle; the control of Ashwin on his length is tremendous and that easily separate him from others; but the moral is same; ‘You gonna bowl with immense control at one particular place’.

No problems when the team is sitting comfortably:

You guys have no problem in the first game; why? Same conditions but that time you won the toss and asked the home team to bowl 190odd overs under the heat but we had no problems. “No excuses, we don’t want to take anything away from England.” You know who said that. The red soil of the game changed into black one. Now you lost the toss but you saw India slipping 70 odds for 3 with Pujara & Kohli back in the hut.

On a pitch where no one of you looked comfortable except Ben Foakes, who also was throwing some goosebumps of Ms.Dhoni, the name is perfect to praise someone’s keeping skill. On the same strip, we gained around 290 with no. 7 batsman who was doing it with the ball scored a century. I was just enjoying the twitter conversations between some of the greats of the game. Team will now head on to new Motera and being a D/N test under lights, the English bowlers will surely love it.

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But one thing is certain, every time, you keep the feet in India, you have to adjust the conditions as we do the same. So much things are there that you have made adjustment with; the pace, the reverse swing; giving IPL more preference than test matches is another page of the book. Let’s enjoy the spin and turn under the sun.

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