After guiding India to a comprehensive win by 10-wickets in the third Test against England, the Indian left-arm spinner, Axar Patel said he would want the wicket to remain the same for the fourth and final Test of the series. He managed to scalp as many as 11 wickets in the game (six in the first innings and five in the second). Senior partner Ravichandran Ashwin wasn’t to be left too far behind as he picked four wickets to finish with seven in the game.
Talking about his performance after the game, Axar Patel said, “When it happens, it feels so easy. I am not thinking much. I want to continue this form. I am happy that if I am not contributing with the bat, I am doing it with the ball. My strength is to bowl wicket-to-wicket and not give batsmen room.”
He further added, “The mindset of batters is they play out couple of maidens, they either go for a sweep or try to hit over the infield. I would want this wicket to remain the same for the final Test as well as I am picking up wickets.”
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England can’t qualify to the final of the ICC World Test Championship after losing the third Test against India in Ahmedabad. England, who are now 2-1 down in the four-match Test series, needed to win the four-match series 3-1 to play the final against New Zealand.
The visiting team has now dropped to 64.1 percentage points on the points table, which is now led by India with 71 percentage points.
New Zealand has already qualified for a place in the final with 70 percentage points. India need to avoid losing the last Test to stay ahead of Australia, who is in third place with 69.2 percentage points.