Ind Vs Eng: Rohit Sharma Talks About The Uniformity Of Cricket Pitches In India And Across The World

Rohit Sharma responds to the allegations of the unfairness of pitches, that were raised after India’s win against England in Chepauk, Chennai.

Vatsal Thakore

February 22, 2021

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The India vs England test series, which began on 5 February, had its first match in Chennai. Team India had lost this first match, post which, there was some disappointment among the fans. The second test match was played in Chepauk stadium in Chennai, in which India defeated England by a whopping 317 runs, bringing the score of the series to 1-1.

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However, after team India won the match, a number of former cricketers put allegations that the Chepauk pitch served as an advantage to team India and its spinners. These allegations were mainly put forth by former England captain, Michael Vaughan. Following this, Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma was asked about these allegations, to which he replied that there is no difference in the pitches in India, therefore there is no room for unfairness.

Rohit Sharma also said, “The pitch is the same for both the teams so I don’t know why and where this debate even started. For years, India has had similar kinds of cricket pitches and I don’t feel that there have ever been any changes. Also, all the teams take advantage of their home grounds, no one thinks about the other teams while they play on their home grounds, so why should this debate emerge only about us?”

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Talking about the uniformity that is not present in the pitches all around the world, Rohit Sharma said, “Every team has a preference (about pitches) and that is what forms the ‘home advantage’ or the ‘away advantage’. If there is so much issue about the preference of pitches and the home and away advantages, then ask the International Cricket Council to form a rule about a certain way that all cricket pitches should be, everywhere in the world. There is no point in discussing pitches, rather talk about players and their performances.”

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