“Never Seen Something Like That”: Ben Stokes’ Massive Take On Ranchi Pitch


England cricket team captain Ben Stokes© AFP

England cricket team captain Ben Stokes was stunned by the pitch of the fourth Test match against India in Ranchi and said that he had “never seen anything like it before”. If the visiting team wants to win the series then it is necessary for them to win the match starting from Friday as they are currently trailing 1-2 in the five-match series. In a recent interview, Stokes said that he found the appearance of the pitch in Ranchi quite confusing as he thought it had proper grass from a distance, but on closer inspection, the all-rounder found that there were several visible cracks. Can. Batting and bowling will be challenging for both sides.

“I've never seen anything like this before. I have no idea so I don't know what could be going on. If you look down one side of the opposite end it looks completely different to what I'm used to seeing, special India were out of shape. In the changing room it looked green and grassy, ​​but then you get in there it looked different: very dark and sloppy and there were a lot of cracks in it,” Stokes told BBC Sport.

Vice-captain Ollie Pope said on Wednesday that England would have no objection to rank turners in the fourth Test as the match would be even if the spinners got help from the start.

The Tests in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Rajkot all played pitches that were predominantly spin-friendly and had something for everyone.

“If it takes spin from the first ball, it takes the toss out of the equation, then it's a level playing field,” Pope told reporters.

“Sometimes the wicket starts flat and then gets worse. We won the first game batting first, India won the last two matches batting first. If you bat first on a slightly flat wicket it defines the result. Doesn't but it gives you an advantage,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)

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