Mumbai: After saying that Indian conditions hide Virat Kohli’s batting flaws, English fast bowler James Anderson has now said that Indian conditions were to blame for the catches England dropped during the ongoing test series. Rashid dropped Kohli on 68 when India were 315 for 6 and Root dropped Jayant Yadav on 8 when India were 405 for 7, the 2 drops that eventually proved crucial.
The dropped chance proved crucial as Kohli went on to score 235 runs and Yadav scored his maiden hundred as they effectively batting England out of the contest. However, the ace English paceman isn’t impressed with these batting exploits and blamed Indian conditions for the dropped chance.
“If we were playing anywhere else, we would have caught them, sure. However, Indian pitches give this unfair advantage to Indian batsmen and we end up dropping catches. Due to the low, slow nature of the pitches here, the catches also come at a very low height to the fielders and it becomes that much harder to take them”, Anderson explained.
When we reminded Anderson that the catch Root dropped off Yadav was at a very good height, he said,”That is the problem. Our fielders were expecting every catch to come around their shoe laces and all of a sudden this catch comes at a comfortable height. It was so shocking to see a catch coming there that Root dropped it. Again, we must look at the Indian conditions for that chance.”
Apart from these catches, England also missed the stumping chance of Murali Vijay when he was on 45, another batsman who went on to hit a 100 after that.
“The stumping chance was even more clearly down to the Indian conditions. The ball turns here and that makes it difficult for the keeper to collect. They are all good batsmen but they won’t have scored these 100s in England because we would have taken those chances”, Anderson replied when we mentioned the stumping chance.
Meanwhile, England Cricket Board is reportedly checking with Cricket South Africa if they can send over some slip fielders as well along with the batsmen.