Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Visitors England are struggling against India in the first Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Following the development, like other foreign teams, England opener Zak Crawley has ignited the pitch debate.

Crawley said that he was left surprised by the turn generated in Hyderabad on the first day of the game.

“We were surprised by how much it turned on day one, we thought it would be turning more yesterday. Hopefully, we can use that today to get the three wickets,” said Crawley ahead of the third day of the match.

However, the England opener revealed that he did love coming to Asia and playing in Pakistan and India, but had been surprised by the conditions in the subcontinent.

“I have loved it here, it is one of the things I love about Test cricket is going all over the world. I felt ready and prepared to come into this game,” said Crawley.

Home advantage and pitch debates are always topics for hot debates. After the World Cup final pitch was rated average by the ICC, it got more heated.

Notably, Crawley failed to create a big impact on the first Test. Ravichandran Ashwin took his wicket in both innings as he scored 20 and 31 in respective innings.