As the fourth and final Test between India and Australia approaches, many questions have arisen about the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. After the poor rating received by the Indore pitch from the ICC, will the curators risk preparing another rank turner?
It is unclear whether the Indian team management will take a backward step from their stance of preparing pitches that offer turn from Day 1, especially after it backfired in the third Test. The pressure is on the Indian spinners to prove their worth on a less-conducive pitch.
Despite the controversy surrounding the pitch, India captain Rohit Sharma has expressed his displeasure and has made it clear that India will play to their strength and prepare pitches that will assist the spinners. The team seems determined to stand by their strategy, even after their nine-wicket loss in the third Test and the ICC’s negative rating of the pitch.
HOPE AHMEDABAD WILL PRODUCE ANOTHER GOOD WICKET: RAVI
Ravi Shastri, former India head coach, has also expressed his opinion about the Ahmedabad pitch, stating that it will turn, but there is uncertainty about the rate at which it will do so. Shastri’s remarks add to the growing list of speculations about the pitch for the fourth Test. The uncertainty surrounding the pitch’s nature has increased, and people are eagerly awaiting its arrival.
“It will turn but the question is, how quickly? How long will they keep it in the oven? They kept it a bit long for this time,”
Matthew Hayden said:
“It will be really nice to see a pitch that allows both of these great batting units to showcase their skills and abilities.”
To that Shastri agreed:
“True. I think a lot of spectators around the world would want that. Batters of both teams would want that.”
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