New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham drew major ire from Indian fans on Twitter following his comments on the nature of the pitches dished out in India.
On a day when the Indian batsmen feel like a pack of cards against a rampant England seam-bowling attack for a mere 78 in 40.4 overs, English journalist Tim Wigmore took to Twitter where he drew comparisons with the reactions that England getting dismissed for a cheap score in Indian conditions would have garnered as compared to the reactions now.
For the uninitiated, England batsmen were obliterated in the dry, spinning conditions of Ahmedabad and Chennai earlier this year and it was followed by a whole host of criticism from English fans and their former cricketers regarding the nature of the pitches.
“Would be a lot of complaining about the pitch/conditions if England were 78 all out on the first morning in India, to judge by reactions to England being 112 all out at Ahmedabad in February,” said Tim Wigmore.
Wigmore also touched upon the ‘double standards in how the cricketing world views seaming and spinning pitches.
“Not taking away from England, who were absolutely outstanding. But Ahmedabad v Headingley Tests this year do show the odd double standards in how we view spinning v seaming pitches,” he added.
However, New Zealand seam-bowling all-rounder James Neesham had a completely different view on the subject. According to Neesham, a pitch that seems on the first couple of days tends to become a better batting surface on days 03 and 04 before aiding spinners on the final day.
While he termed such pitches as ‘perfect’, the Kiwi all-rounder went on to describe the Indian pitches that spin from the first day as “sh*t”
“Is this not obvious? A pitch that seams on day 1/2 then is good for batting days 3/4 then good for spin on days 4/5 is perfect. Everyone is in the game at different points. If it spins on day 1 it’s just a spinner’s paradise for 5 days. That’s shit,” said Neesham.
That said, the fact that India were dismissed for 78 was a combination of abysmal batting and some relentless seam bowling by England seamers led by the champion James Anderson, who registered figures of 3/6 in 8 overs. India were shot down for 78 and in reply, England have moved on to 0/36 after 13 overs.
Here are some of the reactions to James Neesham’s comment-