ICC Rates Ahmedabad, Chennai Cricket World Cup Pitches ‘Average’. India Coach Rahul Dravid Says “Disagree…” | Cricket News

The ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 is in full swing. All the groups have performed a minimum of 4 matches every and their is a transparent demarcation between the groups which have executed effectively and others. The Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket group and the 2019 runners-up New Zealand have appeared the most effective facet to date with no losses but on the Cricket World Cup 2023. The Indian cricket group began its marketing campaign with a win in opposition to Australia in Chennai on October 8 after which it went on to beat Pakistan in Ahmedabad on October 14. It additionally defeated Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Among the 4 venues the place the Indian cricket group has performed, two – Chennai and Ahmedabad – have acquired ‘common’ score for pitch by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Till October 15, these have been the one two pitches within the Cricket World Cup that have been rated ‘common’. The others have been rated ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.

The ICC’s common score given to 2 pitches involving India matches hasn’t gone down effectively with head coach Rahul Dravid, who “respectfully disagreed” with the world physique on Saturday, saying an ODI match is not only about batters and their pyrotechnics.

India skittled out Pakistan for 191 in 42.5 overs in Ahmedabad, whereas in Chennai, the hosts bowled out Australia for 199 in 49.3 overs.

“I will definitely respectfully disagree with the average rating given for those two wickets. I think they were good wickets. If you only want to see 350 (run) games and rate only those wickets as good, then I disagree with that. I think, you have to see different skills on display as well,” Dravid mentioned.

“It’s not about if we wanted to see only 4s and 6s being hit, then we have T20 wickets as well, where, honestly, in Delhi or in Pune, probably 350-plus wickets as well. Only those are good wickets, then why are the bowlers here? Why have spinners at all, for that matter?”

Dravid mentioned an ODI sport is all about exhibiting completely different abilities of gamers and never simply hitting.

“I disagree with that (just hitting) because I think we should see all skills on display, the ability to rotate strike through the middle. See the quality of watching (Ravindra) Jadeja bowl or a (Mitchell) Santner bowl or a (Adam) Zampa bowl or watching Kane Williamson rotate the strike through the middle, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul the way they batted against Australia. Those are skills as well. Those also need to come out and be shown and be displayed,” he mentioned.

“Some of the wickets, even we have played, I mean, honestly, in Delhi and Pune, rotating the strike in the middle overs wasn’t necessarily a very difficult skill. The contest was about who could hit more 4s and 6s. So that’s not the only way, in my opinion, respectfully, to be able to judge wickets. I think we need to have a better way of deciding what is good and average.

“Sometimes wickets will flip a bit, typically they are going to seam a bit, they are going to swing a bit, they are going to bounce a bit. All we wish to see is sixes and fours being hit in 350 scores pretty much as good wickets, then I disagree,” the former India captain added.

With PTI inputs

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