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India vs England: 'Why Wear Spikes While Batting?' - Mohammad Azharuddin Questions Batsmen's Shoes

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin expressed disappointment that batsmen struggled in the third Test between India and England in Ahmedabad, which got over inside two days with India winning by 10 wickets

India vs England: 'Why Wear Spikes While Batting?' - Mohammad Azharuddin Questions Batsmen's Shoes

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin expressed disappointment that batsmen struggled in the third Test between India and England in Ahmedabad, which got over inside two days with India winning by 10 wickets. India bowled England out for 112 and 81, while they themselves were shot out for 145 in the first innings. The pitch, and batsmen’s technique against spin, came under the scanner. Azharuddin also put the spotlight on batsmen’s shoes.

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“It was disappointing to watch the batsmen come a cropper in the Ahmedabad Test.The key to batting on such dry tracks and rank turners is shot-selection and assured footwork. It makes little sense to wear spikes when batting.Rubber soles dont hamper ability of batsmen,” Azharuddin wrote in a tweet.

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“I have seen some amazing Test knocks being played on tough surfaces by batsmen who wore shoes with rubber soles.The argument that batsmen can slip when running between wickets is countered by the fact that in Wimbledon,all tennis players wear shoes with rubber soles.”

“And the ones that come to mind are not just Indians like Sunil Gavaskar Mohinder Amarnath and Dilip Vengsarkar but also many a visiting batsman like Sir Vivian Richards,Mike Gatting Allan Border,Clive Lloyd and several others”

Rohit Sharma, who had made 66 and 25* in the Test, had said there were no demons on the pitch and called it a good wicket to bat on.

“To be honest I didn’t do anything different. On a pitch like that, you need to have intent. You need to look to score as well, you can’t just keep blocking. The odd ball might just turn, skid on to the stumps if you play for the turn. It’s important to use your feet, try and do as many things as possible to stay ahead of the bowler’s mindset. You need to make sure that you try and find ways to score runs,” Rohit Sharma said in the press conference.

“My intent was not to just survive, but also try and score runs while respecting the good balls.

“The pitch was an interesting one, the odd ball was coming in and some were taking turn. You need to bat with a clear mindset, which I did until I played that sweep shot in the first innings.”



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