Michael Kasprowicz Feels The Talk Around India Pitches Is Unworthy
By CricShots - Mar 6, 2023 7:02 pm
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Former Australian fast bowler, Michael Kasprowicz doesn’t understand why so much talk about the pitches in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, because they are “typical” Indian wickets that Australia must “adapt and adjust” to. While the pitch in Nagpur and Delhi wasn’t talked about much, the deck in Indore was immensely criticized after spinning sharply from the first session. As Australia won in two and a half days, spinners claimed 26 of the 31 wickets.

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The pitch for the Nagpur Test was criticized left right and center

Talking about the during a recent chat with The Age, Michael Kasprowicz said, ”I don’t believe the hype I reckon because for all the attention around the pitches they were typically Indian wickets. ‘I realise this last one in Indore did a few tricks early on, but because they’re starting so early (9.30 am), maybe that little bit of moisture helps grab the ball. But at other stages later in the day, it wasn’t doing anything like that.”

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India had won the first couple of Tests in Nagpur and New Delhi where the pitches got an ”average” rating by the ICC. The pitch in Indore was rated ”poor” as Australia won the game by nine wickets.

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Michael Kasprowicz

Explaining the same, Michael Kasprowicz said, ”But I remember turning up to the Bangalore Test in 1998, and I’ve got a picture of me standing on the wicket. It honestly looks like a dry creek bed. There’s no grass, but it’s got these cracks and spider cracks all down the whole face of it. And you just go well, like that’s what we’re gonna play on. And guess what? We’ve got to adapt and adjust. That’s the game of Test cricket.”

After losing the opening Test in Nagpur, Australia dominated the first two days in the Delhi Test before getting bundled out for 113 all out in their second innings on day 3 to lose the match by six wickets and go 0-2 down in the four-Test series.

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Talking about the Tests, Michael Kasprowicz said, ”Obviously, after the Delhi experience of that second innings, the Australians adapted to the conditions and did really well. And so come the second innings they were 1/76 and got through (to victory). ‘(Travis) Head and Marnus (Labuschagne) batted really well. They found a way, and that’s what Australia’s been known to do over all these years.”