“With WTC Points At Stake…”: Rahul Dravid On Pitches For India vs Australia Test Series
India head coach Rahul Dravid has no qualms about playing the ongoing Test series against Australia on spinner-friendly pitches as World Test Championship points are at a premium and most countries are preparing result-oriented pitches. India lead Australia 2-1 in the four-Test series but the “poor” rating of the pitch at Indore by ICC match referee Chris Broad has once again raised questions about the rank turner playing where All games ended within three days.
“I won’t go into it too much. The match referee is entitled to share his opinion. It doesn’t really matter whether I agree with his reading or not. It doesn’t matter what I think. But sometimes WTC points are at stake.” You play on wickets that give results,” Dravid was candid in his defense of the three tracks at Nagpur, Delhi and Indore.
However, he did not forget to mention that a data analysis of tracks prepared by domestic teams over the years has shown that the 22-yard strip has been challenging at most places.
The man, who played 164 Test matches, said, “It can happen, not only in India but around the world, if you see, sometimes it is difficult for everyone to strike the perfect balance and not just here. But it can happen in other places as well.” said below his belt.
Dravid gave some insight into the reason behind the demand for such flamboyant turners. It was the 2021 Test match against New Zealand in Kanpur where India failed to take nine wickets on the final day.
“There’s a big premium on results and if you draw a game like we did in Kanpur vs New Zealand, it puts you back in a home game. When you have 12 for a win and 4 for a draw , then you want to win.” ahead of a draw,” he said.
There was sarcasm as well as irritation when he talked about the pitches in South Africa where India played three Tests early last year.
“When we go overseas too, we have played on some challenging wickets. The most recent (2022) was played in South Africa, where spinners were completely taken out of the game,” he said dryly.
Dravid didn’t deny the bowlers’ advantage, “And everybody wants to build wickets where at the end one wants the result. You probably end up building wickets where the ball hits the bat a little bit more and that’s necessary and part of the game.” “
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