The Indian skipper, captain Rohit Sharma came up with a suggestion against the Australian media’s bizarre talks about the Nagpur pitch in his uber-cool style ahead of the opening Test. Rohit, speaking to journalists in Nagpur on the eve of the Nagpur Test, said that the focus needs to be on the match and the 22 quality cricketers from the two countries, who will compete in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
With the high-octane Border-Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) 2022-23 scheduled to be commencing on Thursday, the Australian media have created an uproar over the Nagpur pitch for the first Test against India. According to several media reports, only the center of the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (VCA) wicket was watered and rolled, while the area where bowlers would target left-handers was left brazenly dry.
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When asked about the accusation of pitch doctoring, Rohit Sharma said, “Itna pitch maat dekho, cricket khelo. After all, the 22 guys out there are all quality players.”
When asked about the Nagpur track, Rohit said that the surface will be assisting the spinners. As a result, he emphasized the significance of rotating strike.
Explaining the same, Rohit Sharma said, “It is important to have a plan and figure a way. Everyone has a different method. Some like to sweep some reverse some hitting over the bowler. You need to rotate strike and sometimes you need to counterattack.”
Speaking of the highly anticipated series, Rohit Sharma acknowledged that defeating Australia in the four-match Test assignment would be difficult, but India had done everything possible to prepare for a successful outcome.
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Explaining the same, Rohit Sharma said, “We have four solid test matches to play in the BGT and we would want to win the series. It is going to be a challenging series and we have to be up for it. Preparation is the key. If you prepare well, you get results. It is tough. The guys are in good form, pushing for a spot and doing really well, and it is tough to leave some out. We will take brave calls.”