'Bad pitch is one that is physically dangerous': Deep Dasgupta weighs in on Ahmadabad Test debate

'Bad pitch is one that is physically dangerous': Deep Dasgupta weighs in on Ahmadabad Test debate


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With several former cricketers claiming that the Ahmedabad pitch was a bad one, former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta said that he does not agree with the viewpoint.
The debate over the Motera pitch during the 3rd Test between India and England continues to be in the limelight as the two teams prepare for the 4th Test. The final encounter of the series will be played at the same venue in Ahmedabad, and there is much excitement among fans and cricket pundits to see how the surface behaves in the 4th Test.
“For me, I think a bad pitch is one that is physically dangerous. We have seen a few of these pitches where the ball is bouncing or spatting from a good length and there is a physical danger to the players - that is one," Dasgupta told Sports Today. “The other bad pitch is where there is absolutely no life for anyone, so you could look at some of those pitches where you score 600-700 runs (and there is) nothing for the bowlers at all.
“And we also have to understand that as far as pitches are concerned there has been a trend and I don’t know if it is a conscious effort or it is just happening otherwise is the fact that when you look at white-ball cricket the pitches are very flat, which is very pro-batting," he added.
“But in the last few years, the Test match pitches have been bowler-friendly, whether it is seam bowling or spin, but it has been bowler-friendly, and I like this,” he further said. The final encounter between the two team will begin from Thursday. India is currently leading the four-match series 2-1.

Pitches Don't Matter, Matches Finish Quickly in England too - Jofra Archer


After Jack Leach had positive words to say about the Motera pitch, now pacer Jofra Acher has said that pitches don't matter.
After Jack Leach had positive words to say about the Motera pitch, now pacer Jofra Acher has said that pitches don’t matter. The latter went on to say that there is not much to complain as matches finish quickly in England too. Archer also added that he too has been involved in matches which have finished quickly in the past.
“To me, it doesn’t matter what pitches we play on. There’s not much to complain about in life — apart from bad Wi-Fi, of course! “The day-nighter I played against Glamorgan three years ago was over in five sessions and on the day I signed my first Sussex contract we beat Leicestershire inside two days, so matches finish quickly in England, too. “Let’s be honest, we are in India and we have to expect the ball to spin. That’s fine. Although it doesn’t mean that batting is easy,” Jofra Archer wrote for the Daily Mail.
Archer also stated that England skipper Joe Root encouraged them to play fearless cricket as they wanted to go for a win to qualify for the World Test Championship final.
“In the first innings in Ahmedabad, it felt hard to get the ball away against their spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel. “And so, ahead of the second innings, Joe Root encouraged us all to be fearless in our approach.
“He wanted us to realize we had nothing to lose and not to go into our shells, and he urged us to keep the same mentality for the rest of this series. Draws were no good to us in our quest to make the World Test Championship final, so it was important to be positive.”Live TV


 

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