Shardul Thakur raised questions on the pitch of WTC Final
Said- the pitch was not ready for the final
New Delhi. Indian all-rounder Shardul Thakur has questioned the pitch of the World Test Championship being played against Australia at The Oval. According to Shardul, Oval’s pitch is not completely ready for WTC Final. This pitch is completely different from the match played in 2021. Please tell that India had toured England in 2021. Then the host country was defeated by 157 runs at Oval and Oval scored half-centuries in both the innings.
Now the question arises that the wicket on which Shardul batted for almost 3 hours. Also scored a half century. Two batsmen scored centuries for Australia on this wicket, then why did they say that this wicket was not ready for the WTC Final. Let us understand why he said this?
Even though Shardul scored a half-century on the third day of the Oval Test. But due to uneven bounce, he was hit twice in the hand. He shared an important partnership of 109 runs with Ajinkya Rahane to take India to a score of 296 runs.
Pitch helped last time at Oval: Shardul
Shardul said, “The pitch looks very different. The last time we played a Test at The Oval, the pitch was helping. Everyone knew that if there is overcast condition in England, then the ball will definitely swing. In the past, teams were using rollers to keep the pitch flat as the game progressed. But this time nothing like that is visible. I feel like the pitch is not completely ready for the match. As we saw the other day as well. Even on the third day, some balls were going up and some were staying down.
‘There is uneven bounce in the wicket on this’
The Indian all-rounder further said, “The ball from one end was rising fast after falling on the good length and the Australian pacers used it well. If we see the game of a day before, then the mood of the pitch has changed. The batsmen were having trouble in deciding whether to leave the ball or play it. But on most occasions he had to go for the shot.
Shardul Thakur said that despite trailing Australia by 296 runs, India remained in the match. He said that cricket is a strange game. You can never say what is the correct score? Especially in ICC finals. A good partnership and you can chase down 450 or more. We saw that last year England chased 400 here and they didn’t lose too many wickets.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 10, 2023, 07:46 IST