If the Day-Night Test field in Motera behaves on the same principle as that of the second Chennai Test, it will neither surprise nor disappoint Rohit Sharma.
The Indian opener, who had a 161 game in the opening innings on a row turner to help the team get back on their feet in the series, sees nothing wrong with teams exploiting the advantage to home in terms of terrain and conditions. He argued that both teams have the option of using the proposed surface.
The second Test pitch helped the Spinners from the start, the Indian trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav much more adept at using it than their English counterparts, Jack Leach and Moeen Ali. It’s a formula that will likely carry over into the pink ball test, which is typically dominated by seam and swing bowlers. Rohit sees nothing wrong with that.
“… The pitch is the same for both teams so I don’t know why this topic comes up every time. Both teams play on the same field. People say pitches shouldn’t be like this or that, but for years Indian pitches are only made like that, ”Rohit said at a virtual press conference. “I don’t think it’s necessary to change. Each team benefits from its living conditions. “
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India’s chances of qualifying for the World Test Championship (WTC) final in June depend on the outcome of the English series, and the loss in the first game prompted the think tank to throw the spin-punch to the visitors .
Pink ball test with a difference
The convention of leaving 6mm of grass on the pitch for a pink ball test was not respected at Motera. Combined with the historical nature of the surface – slow and spinning – it is likely to bring more joy to spinners than to pacers. He could play directly into the hands of the hosts in the game from Wednesday.
“I don’t see anything changing on the pitch compared to what we played in the second test. It will be more or less on the same wavelength. It will turn out as well and we are preparing according to that, ”Rohit said.
“When we go out other countries don’t think of us, so why should we think of others? We have to make pitches according to the preference of our team. This is what it means (by) the round trip benefit, otherwise it should be taken out. Tell ICC to establish a rule that locations should be prepared the same everywhere. “
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Everything in the mind
Ultimately, it’s the skills and their application that decide the outcome of the games, he argued.
“When we go out, our opponents also make life difficult for us. So I don’t think we should be talking about pitches a lot. We should be talking about the game, the players, ”Rohit added.
It takes the right attitude to face difficult terrain, rather than being afraid of the challenge.
“I don’t think much about the pitches. If you think about it too much, the tone won’t change. So the emphasis should be on how to play on the given pitch, on the necessary technique. We have to prepare our minds for the terrain, ”he said.
With the stakes so high, Rohit acknowledged that India could not afford any missteps while keeping her mind on the current mission.
“Yes, of course, we want to qualify, we want to be in the final (WTC) but we still have to do a lot to get there. When we play, we only focus on what we need to do to win the game. There are small steps that we have to take before reaching the final. It is still too far. It is very important to stay in the moment. It’s important to stay in the present and focus on the job at hand. “