India vs England: Mohammed Azharuddin shares tips to thrive on rank turners - Wearing shoes with rubber sole

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India vs England: Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin pointed out that batsmen should not wear spikes on turning pitches that aid spinners.

Rohit Sharma was the standout batsman (66 and 25*) in the pink ball Test. (Courtesy by BCCI/PTI Photo)

Rohit Sharma was the standout batsman (66 and 25*) in the pink ball Test. (Courtesy by BCCI/PTI Photo)

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Disappointing to watch the batsmen come a cropper in the Ahmedabad Test: AzharduddinAzharuddin blamed poor footwork, spikes shot selection for batting struggleBatsmen struggled on Ahmedabad pitch that offered appreciable turn in pink ball Test

Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin believes wearing shoes with rubber soles, assured footwork and proper shot-selection are the keys to success for batsmen on a "rank turner" like the pitch used for pink-ball Test between India and England in Ahmedabad.

Notably, the highly anticipated day-night Test fizzled out in under two days, as India crushed England by ten wickets to take a 2-1 series lead. Batsmen from both sides struggled as England were shot out for 112 and 81 while India got bowled out for 145 in their first innings before chasing down 49 runs without losing a wicket.

Mohammed Azharuddin took to Twitter to express his disappointment as he pointed out that that he couldn’t fathom why batsmen wear spikes on surfaces that aid spinners.

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 (1/3)

— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) February 26, 2021

"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 don't hamper the ability of batsmen," Azharuddin wrote in a tweet.

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(2/3)

— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) February 26, 2021

"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 (3/3)

— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) February 26, 2021

Azharuddin observed that legends like Sunil Gavaskar and Vivian Richards scored runs on dry wickets while playing 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”

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