“Life At Risk”: Sunil Gavaskar Makes Brisbane Reference As ‘Bad’ Indore Pitch Gets 3 Demerit Points
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The third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia in Indore ended in two days on Friday with the visitors winning by nine wickets. Following the match, the International Cricket Council (ICC) rated the Holkar Stadium pitch used for the third Test as “poor” under the ICC pitch and outfield monitoring process, which was played under the ICC World Test Championship umbrella.
“The spinners of both teams were greatly helped by the spin-friendly surface from the start of the first day, with 14 wickets falling. Of the 31 wickets that fell in the entire match, 26 came from the spinners while only four went to the fast bowlers. One run out.
“The Holkar Stadium has received three demerit points after ICC Match Referee Chris Broad submitted his report after consulting both captains Rohit Sharma and Steve Smith in the third Test.”
Admitting that the Indore pitch was difficult to bat on, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar questioned whether demerit points were given.
“It was a difficult pitch to bat on. You can see from the score that it was not an easy pitch to bat on. I think three demerit points is too harsh for the simple reason that if it is so difficult to bat on It was a tough pitch. You wouldn’t have seen a 90-plus stand between Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne. If the pitch was that impossible, the 77-run partnership wouldn’t have happened on the third day,” Gavaskar told India Today.
“Definitely a tough pitch but that’s what you expect from India. Also, I don’t know the exact details, but when there was a Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba in November-December, which ended in two days. Was gone, and the ball was flying here and there. The fast bowlers looked very dangerous. He could have suffered serious injury. There was danger to life and limb on that pitch. I don’t know how many demerit points he got and the match referee Who was. But I think there needs to be some kind of uniformity on how demerit points are given.”
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