The Indian team was defeated by Australia by 9 wickets in the third Test. Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has now made a significant comment about the pitch.
India and Australia are currently playing four Test matches. Team India now leads the series 2-1, however India was defeated by 9 wickets in the third Test. The ICC has deducted three demerit points from the surface at Holkar Stadium in Indore, which will be in place for the next five years. Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has recently blasted Indian pitching.
Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has slammed all three pitches used so far in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, claiming that some ‘gimmicking’ has occurred in their preparation. With one Test match remaining in Ahmedabad, India leads the four-match series 2-1.
The ICC rated the Nagpur and New Delhi pitches as ‘Average,’ while match referee Chris Broad assessed the Indore pitch as ‘Bad.
This poor rating also earned Indore three demerit points, which will be valid for five years. India was bowled out for 109 and 163 in both innings, while Australia scored 197 in the first innings and then won by chasing down a target of 76 on the third morning.
The former opening batter stated that if this occurs on the fourth or fifth day of the match, it is reasonable, but if it occurs on the first day, it is the product of bad (pitch) preparation. He thought the Indore pitch was terrible and that it should have been graded appropriately.
Former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar, on the other hand, is dissatisfied with the ‘bad’ grade given to the Indore surface. He used the Gabba surface as an example, where the first Test between Australia and South Africa in December was rated ‘poor to ordinary’ by the ICC despite concluding within two runs. Taylor disagreed, claiming that the Brisbane surface was the same for both teams, and that the first three Tests of the India-Australia series had been designed exclusively for spinners.
The Australian captain stated that the surface at the Gabba would have aided South Africa’s fast bowlers just as much (if not more) than Australia’s since South Africa had four very talented fast bowlers. This is not true of Indian pitches. Such pitches have been constructed with deception in this location. He went on to say that it provided an opportunity for our spinners to demonstrate their abilities, and that they played far better than India expected.
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