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After winning shortest Test Match ever Rohit Sharma says criticism of Indian pitches is not justified


NEW DELHI: After his team’s historic seven-wicket win over South Africa in Cape Town, skipper Rohit Sharma said on Thursday that India receives unfair criticism about pitches, and he suggested a review of how pitches are rated.

The match lasted only 642 balls (107 overs) due to the seaming conditions and variable bounce on offer at Newlands, making it the shortest Test in cricket history.

With the match finished in five sessions, Rohit described the pitch as ‘dangerous,’ but said he didn’t mind as long as turning Indian tracks accepted. There has been a lot of criticism over the years about pitches turning in India from Day 1.

“I don’t mind being on pitches like this as long as everyone keeps their mouth shut in India and no one is talking about the pitches there,” Rohit said to the media.

“Yes it is dangerous, but you come here (South Africa) to challenge yourself and you must face up to it.” Rohit believes that match referees rate pitches differently in different countries.

“When it turns on day one in India, people say, ‘Oh, there is a puff of dust.'” We must remain objective, especially match officials. I’d like to see how the pitches are evaluated.

“I still can’t believe the final pitch of the (Cricket) World Cup (in Ahmedabad) rated below standard.” There was a player (Australia’s Travis Head) who got a hundred. They must rate pitches based on what they see, not on where they located.”

On day one, there should be no difference in pitch rating based on spin or seam, according to Rohit.

“We know pitches in India spin, but people don’t like it because it turns from the first ball.” But what if it comes from ball one? That is not right.”
The nature of the wicket, according to Rohit, made their Cape Town victory even more memorable.

“When we saw how the pitch played in the first session, we knew it would not be a high-scoring game,” he added. “All we wanted to do was keep our bowling disciplined and not get ahead of ourselves.”

“We also talked to the batters and told them we needed small contributions throughout the game.” Apply yourself; it’s okay if you get hit on the body.”

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