The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, which hosted India’s ODI World Cup final against Australia on November 19, has an average pitch according to the International Cricket Council (ICC). However, former Zimbabwean batsman Andy Pycroft, the ICC match referee, described the pitch as extremely good.
On a slow and sluggish field, Australia had defeated India by six wickets to win the World Cup final. After opting to bowl, Australia took 43 overs to achieve the target, led by opener Travis Head’s 120-ball 137. India could only muster 240 in 50 overs.
The pitch, which was previously used for the India-Pakistan match on October 14, reportedly caused Australia’s skipper Pat Cummins anxiety before the game, but Rohit Sharma of India said nothing about it. The pitch strategy employed by India after the final “backfired,” as captain Ricky Ponting, who has won two World Cups, said.
The International Cricket Council rated the pitches used in India’s league matches in Kolkata, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Chennai, and against South Africa, England, Pakistan, and Australia as ‘average’.
India’s semifinal matchup with New Zealand would take place on the ‘excellent’ Wankhede Stadium field. Media reports prior to the game stated that the hosts had changed pitches, giving an old surface instead of a brand-new one.
The Eden Gardens pitch in Kolkata, which hosted the second semifinal between Australia and South Africa, was also given an ‘average’ rating by the ICC. It was a low-scoring contest, with Australia dismissing South Africa for 212 in 49.4 overs.
Australia then reached the mark in 47.2 overs, losing seven wickets. The Eden Gardens outfield, on the other hand, received a ”very good” assessment from ICC match referee and former India bowler Javagal Srinath.