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“India Can Win But…”: Sunil Gavaskar Issues Clear Warning To Rohit Sharma And Co Ahead Of Fourth Test Against Australia




The fourth Test match between India and Australia will begin in Ahmedabad from March 9.© AFP

Former Indian cricket team captain Sunil Gavaskar demanded balanced pitches in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy after Indore’s Holkar Stadium received three demerit points from the International Cricket Council (ICC). The pitch used during the series hit headlines for being too spinner-friendly and Gavaskar believes it could backfire for the hosts. Matthew Kuhnmann and Nathan Lyon were the top performers for Australia as they bounced back for the four-match series and the former skipper sounded a warning for India ahead of the fourth Test.

“I think that needs a bit more thought. This pitch backfired in 2012-13 when Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar got England to victory. I don’t think it’s a good idea to have pitches of this quality ” You want pitches where there is a good balance between bat and ball. You want a pitch where the new ball bowlers can get some help for the first few days and the batsmen can play through the line and score runs. And then from the third and fourth day the ball is going to turn a bit,” Gavaskar told India Today.

“I don’t know what is going to happen in Ahmedabad. If the pitch in Ahmedabad is a fiery turner, India might win, but once again the pitch might get demerit points,” he said.

Gavaskar is among the many former cricketers who have criticized the pitches used in the series. India will take on Australia in the fourth Test match on March 9 in Ahmedabad.

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