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Chennai27 minutes agoAuthor: Rajkishore
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Team India defeated England by 317 runs in the second Test match. India scored 615 runs in their two innings in this match. At the same time, England’s team could score only 298 runs with two innings. Because of this, the pitch of this test has been the target of critics. However, many veterans defended it as well. Daljit Singh, who was the chief curator of BCCI for nearly 22 years, told Bhaskar on the issue that the home team has the right to make the pitch of its choice. At the same time, former Indian fast bowler Atul Vasan called it an arena instead of a pitch.
It was not impossible to score on this pitch: Daljit
Dalijat Singh says, “The hosts prepare the pitch according to their strengths.” India did the same. Teams from England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have always questioned the pitch in India. It is true that the spinners dominated this pitch but batting was not impossible here. Ashwin managed to score a century in the third day’s play. This is not possible on a bad pitch. It can also be said for the first Test that if India had won the toss, the result would have been different. However, I always believe that the pitch in the test should be prepared keeping in mind the five days.
Do not make such a pitch that the win-win depends on the toss
Regarding the pitch of the second Test match, former cricketer Atul Vasan said, “It was not the pitch but the arena. Such a pitch should not be prepared for the test where the toss becomes most important. Two matches of the series took place in Chennai and I do not consider the pitches of both matches to be good. In the second Test, if England had played the follow-up, then the match would probably have lasted only two and a half days. I believe that action should be taken on the curators who produce such pitches.
Two opinions also internationally
There are also two types of opinions among foreign cricketers regarding the pitch of the second Test. Former England captain Michael Vaughan said Chepak’s pitch was quite shocking. This is not a pitch prepared for the 5-day test. At the same time, former Australian spinner Shane Warne said that the spinners were helped on the pitch even on the last day of the first Test. Nobody said anything at that time when India had no chance of winning. At least the second Test was the same for both teams from the first ball.