According to reports, Dravid has asked the VCA officials for “notch turners” for the first red-ball match.
India captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid appear to be “unhappy” with the surface offered in Nagpur ahead of the vital Border-Gavaskar Trophy. A four-match Test series between the two bitter rivals is set to begin on February 9 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium.
Despite the widespread belief that Indian pitches offer spin-friendly surfaces, Rohit and Dravid were not too pleased with the pitch at Nagpur as it stands right now. Additionally, when the head coach had negotiations with the pitch curator to satisfy the needs of the host team, the management of the Indian team requested alterations.
According to a video posted by RevSportz, the stadium’s administration and groundskeepers have been working extra hard to create a pitch that will be helpful to the Rohit Sharma-led team. According to rumours, Dravid has asked the VCA officials for “notch turners” for the first Test.
The Indian curators are trying to figure out how India may benefit: Gillespie, Jason
Prior to the important series, former Australia speedster Jason Gillespie alleged that the pitch curators were trying to give the host team an unfair advantage.
The Indian curators, in my opinion, are trying to find a method for India to get an advantage. They could believe that spin will be crucial and that playing to Australia’s strengths will give them the best chance to defeat them, Gillespie said in an interview with SEN WA Breakfast.
Former Australian cricketer Simon O’Donnell agreed with the statements and encouraged the ICC, the top council, to step in and guarantee an impartial wicket.
The ICC will be watching this game and an ICC referee will be present if they feel the pitch is not appropriate. However, despite all of our chats, nothing seems to change when it comes to India, according to Simon O’Donnell.
The two heavyweights are also vying for a position in the championship match of the 2021–2023 World Test Championship cycle. As a result, the series proves to be a critical one because both teams will be vying for victories in order to qualify for the ICC event’s final.
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