“Is There No One…”: Sunil Gavaskar Explains Why India Opted For Turning Pitch Vs Australia
The Indore pitch, which was used for the third Test, was rated “poor” by the ICC.© Instagram
Batting great Sunil Gavaskar feels that India are building spin-friendly tracks as they currently do not have a quality pace bowling unit. The former India captain said the hosts could have scored more wickets if star pacer Jasprit Bumrah was available to lead the bowling attack. Australia beat India in the third Test at Indore, winning by nine wickets on a pitch that had real help from the spinners from the morning session on the first day.
“Taking 20 wickets in India is not going to be easy. On a lot of Indian pitches, without your experienced bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami and the slightly inexperienced Mohammed Siraj, I don’t think the bowling attack is as (strong). With the help, India can probably take 20 wickets.
To make it to the World Test Championship (WTC), Gavaskar said India had no other option but to produce rank turners in the series.
“For India to reach the final of the World Test Championship, they had no other option (other than making turning tracks). If you had a strong attack, maybe you could have done something different but your strength is your spinners. And that’s why I think these pitches are being made. You don’t want flat pitches where batsmen go out and dominate. These pitches are testing the temperament of the batsmen.
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