INDIA V ENGLAND | PAYTM TEST SERIES | 2ND TEST | CHEPAUK, CHENNAI
There were few memorable performances and few others that evoked hilarious memes on Sunday at the Chepauk.
However, these were eclipsed by three controversies that are alive as Team India nudge closer to a victory and draw 1-all in this 4-Test series.
The memorable performances include Ravichandran Ashwin's 29th 5-wicket haul joining Aussie pace legend Glenn McGrath as joint seventh to take highest numbers of fifers in an innings.
The day also saw England wicket-keeper batsman Ben Foakes impressing with his keeping skills, then setting an example on how to bat on turning Indian pitches as well as facing guileful spinners such as Ashwin.
There was rookie India pacer Mohammed Siraj impressing his team and fans with a first ball wicket on Indian soil.
The top meme involves wicketkeepers from both teams, Rishabh Pant and Foakes. The meme said both were left without partners on Valentine's Day. Pant remained unbeaten on 58 when India resumed their first innings batting. Later Foakes was left not out at the other end as England's first innings folded at 134.
International bilateral cricket amidst the deadly Covid-19 is seen as a harbinger of continuity, progress in the face of adversity and unity in diversity among nations that play this sport.
However, the intensity of such competition has also lent credence to allegations, claims of bias.
Here are the three controversies that are alive as this second Test heads into its third day, with India 54 for 1, 249 ahead and looking to choke England starting later on Day 3 or on the fourth and fifth day if this match extends that long:
"It’s entertaining cricket as things are happening all the time but let’s be honest this Pitch is a shocker .. Not making any excuses as India have been better but this isn’t a Test Match 5 day prepared Pitch," tweeted Vaughan.
His tweet was picked up by publications including Fox Sports, who headlined it with ‘This pitch is a shocker’: Vaughan fumes as England crumble in India slaughter.
Former England spinner Graeme Swann and former India batsman W V Raman too sprung to defend the pitch with their tweet versions.
Raman's tweet read: "For those who are whining about the pitch offering too much for spinners, thus being far from an ideal test pitch, consider this :
You are into the third day of this Test and such uproar may escalate into a crescendo should there be any more such controversies during the remaining days of this match or after England lose this Test.
It's not known whether any of the on-field umpires have reported this matter to the Match Referee who again is former India pacer Javagal Srinath.
Considering such sticky and delicate issues and developments, it'll be good on the part of the Board of Control for Cricket in India to step in and ensure there are no further controversies that could sully its and the country's image on the international stage.
Team India's fearless Young India players have provided you, their ardent fans, with exemplary performances worth emulating. You'd want the sport to progress on these lines. Correct?