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‘As Long As Everyone Keep Their Mouth…’ Rohit Sharma Hits Back At ICC Over Poor Pitch Ratings In India

Team India skipper Rohit Sharma takes a dig at ICC over the pitch ratings in India after the Cape Town fiasco

Edited By : Shashwat Nishant | Updated: Jan 5, 2024 13:42 IST
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With Team India successfully coming back in the 2nd Test match against South Africa to finish the series in a draw in Cape Town, the pitch has again become the centre of attention and skipper Rohit Sharma voiced his opinion on it.

With the International Cricket Council (ICC) rating Indian pitches quite ‘unfairly’ according to skipper Rohit Sharma, fans, players and even pundits were keen to check how they would be rating the Newlands, Cape Town pitch in the coming days.

“I mean, we saw what happened in this match, how the pitch played and stuff like that. I honestly don’t mind playing on pitches like this. As long as everyone keeps their mouth shut in India and don’t talk too much about Indian pitches, honestly,” a fired-up Rohit told reporters.

“Because you come here [in Test cricket] to challenge yourself. Yes, it is dangerous. It is challenging. So, and when people come to India, it is again pretty challenging as well. Look, when you are here to play Test cricket, we talk about Test cricket, the ultimate prize, Test cricket being the pinnacle and stuff like that. I think it’s important that we also stand by it.” he added.

The challenging Cape Town pitch made the match seem like an ODI match on the day which eventually saw the match being wrapped up within 5 sessions. The match became the shortest Test match in history as well.

“When you are put up against, a challenge like that, you come and face it. That’s what happens in India, but, in India on day one, if the pitch starts turning, people start talking about ‘Puff of dust! Puff of dust!’ There’s so much crack here on the pitch. People are not looking at that,” Rohit further added.

Rohit’s Dig at ICC

Rohit Sharma also put out an attack on ICC after their unfair treatment towards Indian pitches which got a poor rating from ICC.

“I think it’s important that we stay neutral everywhere we go. Especially the match referees. You know, some of these match referees need to keep their eye on how they rate pitches. It’s quite important. I still can’t believe that the World Cup final pitch was rated below average. A batsman got a hundred there in the final. How can that be a poor pitch? So these are the things the ICC, the match referees, they need to look into and start rating pitches based on what they see, not based on the countries. I think that’s quite important,” Rohit said.

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First published on: Jan 05, 2024 01:42 PM IST

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