India vs England: Ben Stokes Praises Motera Pitch, Says All’s Well Between Him & Virat Kohli
For a change, English players have praised the Motera pitch, after criticising it for the most part, at the end of third Test. But after the end of play on day one of the fourth Test, Ben Stokes had good words to say about the wicket. England won the toss and elected to bat, and thereafter scored 205, out of which Ben Stokes compiled stylish 55.
Apart from that, once again Indian bowlers were on top as Axar Patel bagged four wickets, R Ashwin returned with three, while Mohammad Siraj returned with two.
“We’re more than capable of scoring at least 300 on that pitch. It’s frustrating, but we can’t dwell on it too much. Overall, it’s a much better wicket than the last time we played here,” Stokes said after the day’s play.
“I think we’ll look back on that and be disappointed by some of the batting. We’re more than capable of scoring more than 300 on a wicket like that out here, it’s frustrating. We sit down as a group and say we’ll try to put it (the previous game) behind us but that’s easier said than done. I know, overall, it’s a much better wicket than the last one we played on so we’re just disappointed not to still be batting.
“I feel very frustrated that I spent two-and-a-half hours trying to avoid getting out to a straight ball then I ended up getting out to a straight ball.”
He also spoke about his on-field exchange with India skipper Virat Kohli. “It’s two professionals showing they care about the sport that they love,” he said.
“A lot gets said these days when two guys seem to come to words out in the middle. There was completely nothing untoward, just two blokes who care about what they do and two guys who definitely don’t back down.”