Former India captain and now legend, Sunil Gavaskar has hit back strongly at the Indian curators for the quality of pitches.
In the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the Indian pitches haven’t been able to stand up to expectations.
Additionally, they have also received demerit points from the ICC for being low quality.
Moreover, the 4th Test between India and Australia is going to start in 3 days’ time and is an important one for the hosts.
While Australia has secured a place in the final of the WTC, India still needs to play to get a spot.
The massive 9-wicket defeat to the Aussies threw a spanner in the works for India.
On the other hand, India is leading the 4-match Test series 2-1 and will look to play their very best cricket in Ahmedabad.
Also, India has retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the 4th consecutive time which makes it all the more important.
Meanwhile, Gavaskar has stated that team India should play their best cricket and the curators should keep in mind that the pitches should be top-notch.
He wants that there should be a good balance between bat and ball when it comes to Test cricket.
I think there has to be a little more thought on that. This pitch has backfired in 2012-13 when Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar spun England to a win. I don’t think it’s a great idea to have pitches of this quality. You want to have pitches where there is a good balance between bat and ball. You want to have a pitch where for the first couple of days, the new-ball bowlers can get some help and the batters can play through the line and score runs. And then from Day 3 and 4, the ball is going to turn a little bit.
Gavaskar gives harsh comments on Indian pitches
On the other hand, Gavaskar along with other critics has been very critical of the pitches in India.
But, he has also stated that it was a necessity to have such surfaces where there was equal competition.
Furthermore, he has also cautioned India to refrain from using spin bowling too much.
Gavaskar is also of the opinion that the pitch in Ahmedabad should be a neutral one.
I don’t know what’s going to happen in Ahmedabad. If the pitch in Ahmedabad is a raging turner, then India might go on to win but once again, the pitch might get demerit points.
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