IND v ENG: Rohit Sharma raises an eyebrow over the talks surrounding pitches


Team India are ready to take on England in the third Test which will be played in Ahmedabad from February 24. Notably, the Test will be a Pink Ball Test. While everyone has an opinion about the pitch, India opener Rohit Sharma wants everyone to relax who have shared their opinion on cricket pitches.

Rohit Sharma

His comments came after many opined about the pitch when India won the toss in the second Test at Chennai and batted first on a pitch that started turning from the first session of the game as well.

“How we bat, how we bowl, how we field – everybody’s welcome to have an opinion on it. But pitches are the same for both teams. Can’t understand the fuss,” he was quoted as saying to TOI. “For years, these are the kind of pitches that India has been dishing out. So, I don’t really understand what this whole chatter is about. Every country likes to have its share of home advantage. When we travel, nothing comes easy.”

However, Rohit Sharma, who scored a stunning 161 at Chepauk to help his side put up a decent total, revealed that the pitch for the third Test at Motera in Ahmedabad will be more or less similar. But he said that he doesn’t see any changes and also a bit early to talk about the pitch as well.

“That’s the case when we travel. We will obviously have conditions that we like, the kind that supports our strengths. Isn’t that what you call home advantage?” he shared. “Because that’s not how it works. Home advantage is all about making it tougher for the visiting team. In the end, the surface is the same for both teams. It’s about how you adapt to it.”

However, Team India played a Day & Night game in 2019 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata against Bangladesh where they thrashed the visitors convincingly. While he believes the conditions will be the same because the third Test will be a Day & Night one, Rohit Sharma said that the focus will be extra in the second session during the twilight.

“The second session – there needs to be a bit of extra focus on that. That session when twilight takes over. Visibility-wise, how it affects batsmen, what happens when the lights come on, etc. I’ve played only one Pink Ball Test – against Bangladesh. But I’ve heard from other players and tried to understand from their experiences,” Sharma concluded.

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