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Aakash Chopra slams extreme seam-friendly and spin-friendly pitches
By SMCS - Jan 5, 2024 11:30 am
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Veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has slammed the stakeholders for preparing extreme seam-friendly or spin-friendly pitches in recent times. However, Team India won by seven wickets in the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town on Thursday, January 4. Notably, 642 balls were played in the game which was the least ever in a Test as well.

Team India
Team India

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said, “The big question is what is right and what is wrong. Rohit said no one should talk about the pitch and that the match referees should watch properly because if you felt the World Cup final pitch was bad, what sort of pitch was this? He is right. My thinking is – Is this pitch right? Are the one-and-a-half to two-day-match turners prepared in India right? We are trying to justify one extreme with another. The truth is neither this nor that is right. A bad pitch should be called bad, whether it is ours or someone else’s.”

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Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra also added that one shouldn’t be happy if a five-day Test ends in only one-and-a-half days. He expressed that pitches need to be better and that the match should be skill-based and not luck-based as well. Moreover, such pitches can’t even be termed challenging tracks as well.

Team India
Team India

“Let’s be honest, you cannot justify in any way that these are good pitches, whether it is Cape Town, Wanderers, Perth, Ahmedabad, Indore or Delhi. These are not even difficult or challenging wickets, they are luck-based pitches,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “The ball is going up and down, and moving sideways. The bowler doesn’t know which way the ball will go or how much it will turn. Some go straight and some turn, some climb and some stay low. It is not right.”