12 June, 2021

Blame It On The Pitch

Azharuddin and his advisors made a series of errors, and a minefield of a pitch did the rest

Blame It On The Pitch

I am sure that the debate will be an endless one as to whether Azharuddin made the right decision in opting to field after winning the toss against Sri Lanka in Calcutta. I fully agree with the view that we should have batted first. And when I saw Ashish Kapoor turning the very first ball when he came on to bowl, my worst fears were confirmed.

There was no way any team that was batting second could have managed a 200 total. To say that the wicket prepared for the semi-final game was absolutely atrocious, would be to understate the obvious. It was shocking that such a wicket indeed was offered for the game in the first place. I, for one, will squarely blame the Board of Control for Cricket in India for preparing a pitch which was a batsman's nightmare.

In this context, the pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, for the game against Pakistan, was ideally suited to a one-day bash. The Calcutta authorities should have ensured that both the teams had a fair chance of winning by preparing a decent pitch with good bounce. But what we saw the other night...

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