West Indies stalwart Sir Vivian Richards has jumped into the pitch debate, stating that England should stop complaining about the pitches and they should accept the fact that they will get only spinning tracks in India. Sharing an opinion video on his official facebook page, Richards feels that England should believe that they can bat on turning tracks. Read more – 'Not a bad wicket in the backyard': David Warner shares a video of playing cricket with his wife and daughters
"There seems to be a lot of moaning and groaning about the wickets that they (England) have played on," Sir Viv said in the video. "I think that the ones who are moaning should stop. They must know that they're on the other side where the ball will spin and that's why it's been given the name 'Test cricket', because of the test of the mind and eveything else," he added.
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The third Test between India and England was completed inside two days and there was a lot of criticism on the pitch by English fans and former cricketers. England were bowled out for a mere 81 in the second innings, giving India a target of 49 runs, which they chased without any batsman succumbing to any English bowler.
Sir Viv Richards said that if you're going to India, you should expect spinning wickets. Quoting India as 'spinland', Richards said, "The complaints are that the wicket is spinning too much and all. This is just another side. People seems to forget where they're playing. You are going to India, you should expect turning pitches. You should prepare yourself and know what you're going to encounter."
"Rather than moaning and groaning, in my opinion, it is a chance for them now to assess things, to believe that for some reason, that the wicket will be the same," he added.
"If I was in there, I would be preparing the same wicket. Indian pitches have been brilliant over the past few years in terms of its substance, its wicket-taking abilities and stuff like that."