Rohit Sharma Addresses Pitch Debate Following India’s Dominant Performance In Rajkot Test
By CricShots - Feb 19, 2024 3:22 pm
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India secured a commanding 2-1 lead in the Test series against England with a resounding 434-run victory in Rajkot. In the post-match press conference, skipper Rohit Sharma reflected on the team’s triumph and their adaptability on different playing surfaces, reaffirming their prowess on challenging pitches.

Rajkot pitch
Rajkot Test pitch

Rohit emphasized the team’s success on turning tracks and their ability to deliver results consistently. Despite not having control over pitch preparation, the skipper highlighted the squad’s strength in playing on any wicket and expressed confidence in their future performances.

“We have won a lot of matches on such wickets before. The turning tracks and pitches where the ball turns remain our strength. It gives us balance. We have given results for many years, and we will get results in the future as well. But we don’t have control over certain things – we don’t discuss whether we want rank turners or not,” Rohit Sharma stated.

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He pointed out that the curators decide the pitch conditions, and the team focuses on adapting to the challenges presented. Rohit cited the varied conditions faced in the series, from spinning tracks to low-bounce surfaces, showcasing the team’s adaptability.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

“(In) the last three Tests we played, there were different challenges. In the first Test (Hyderabad), the ball was spinning and the pitch was slow. In Vizag, it was (keeping) low. As the game progressed, the wicket became slower. Here, it played well for the first three days. Today, we saw that the ball was turning and it was low. This is (in) the nature (of pitches), we get pitches like these in India. But if we get rank turners, we will play on them as well,” Rohit Sharma explained.

Rohit acknowledged the outstanding performances of Ravindra Jadeja, who not only scored a century but also played a pivotal role with his match-winning bowling spell. The skipper praised Jadeja’s understanding of local conditions and expressed confidence in emerging players like Sarfaraz Khan.

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“We’ve seen him over the years; he understands the conditions really well. He knows exactly what his game is. Here, he is no different. This is his hometown, so more than anyone else, he knows these conditions better. I haven’t seen Sarfaraz bat that much. But all the people I’ve heard from, the players who are from Mumbai, (that) he’s made runs in a lot of difficult situations for Mumbai,” Rohit concluded.