New Delhi. The Australian team (India vs Australia), which came with great hopes on the tour of India, got a shock during the first two Test matches itself. First, Pat Cummins’ team lost by an innings margin in Nagpur. After this, Australia could not stand in front of Rohit Sharma and company even for two and a half days in the Delhi Test. With this victory, the Indian team has taken a 2-0 lead in the four-match Test series. Now the third match of the series will be played on March 1 at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. In order to make a place in the final of the World Test Championship (World Test Championship 2023), it was necessary for India to win at least three out of four matches in the series. Team India now needs only one win in the remaining two matches.
Australian media ruckus on the pitch
The Australian media made a lot of hue and cry over the pitches given to play Test cricket in India. Australia’s cricket experts have even said that extra spin tracks have been deliberately made against Australia so that India can easily win the matches. Tom Moody had even demanded from the ICC that the visiting team should get the right to decide whether they want to do batting first or fielding.
ICC gives clean chit to Delhi-Nagpur pitch
According to the report of Sydney Morning, ICC match referee Andy Pycroft has placed the pitches of Delhi and Nagpur in the average category. It is clear from this rating given by Pycroft, originally from Zimbabwe, that this pitch was fair for cricket. It cannot be called an ideal wicket. In such a situation, BCCI has got the green signal from ICC for both the pitches. The report of the match referee seems to be giving a befitting reply to the Australian media.
Now Kangaroo will lose 4-0!
It has become clear from the report regarding the pitch of the match referee that even during the last two Test matches, the BCCI can make a turning track on the same lines as per its wish. In the first two matches, even the formidable Australian batsmen like Steve Smith and Marnus Labushen could not stand in front of the Indian spinners. In such a situation, if the pitch curators make a turning track in the remaining three matches, then Australia’s defeat is certain in this series. It would not be wrong to say that the Kangaroos can also be victims of a 4-0 clean sweep in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. If this happens, then the Indian team can also make its place as the number one team in the WTC final.
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 23, 2023, 19:16 IST