Dead pitches, Dying hopes


(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

As I write this, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are fighting it out in the pre-lunch session on Day 3 of the final test match between India and England. The duo is battling hard to save the test and thus the series. But with Monty and Swann turning the ball and Jimmy Anderson working some reverse swing, things are not looking too bright for the Indians.

First things first, considering that India lost four early wickets last night, Kohli’s and Dhoni’s foremost task here should be to take India to safety. It is to take themselves as close as possible to England’s first innings total and stay positive during the course of the play. Because, like we know, cricket is a funny game and test cricket is even funnier, so expect anything.

In this series, we have had three results from three games and that sounds exciting. In fact the pitches which were prepared for these three tests were seemingly very home side friendly. And like I said in my post last month, England during initial part of this tour looked as if they would be challenged hard on such pitches. But it has been a dramatic turnaround with England using these pitches better than Indians and scoring two very convincing wins.

Come the final test match at Nagpur and accidentally or otherwise the pitch on offer here doesn’t seem good enough for test match cricket. It is slow, it is low and it is definitely heartbreaking for a cricket fan. Dead pitches suck life out of the game and whatever be the result in the end, the journey to that result isn’t enjoyable and you would agree: that defeats the whole purpose of the actual result, be it a win or a loss.

If test cricket has to stay a form which can pull fans to the stadiums, pitches need to be re-looked at and more than the pitches, what needs to look into is that ‘thing’ which results to such pitches. Is it the soil or something else? Whatever it is, the reality is: dead pitches are horrible for cricket. The hopes of revival are not dead though!

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

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One thought on “Dead pitches, Dying hopes”

  1. Amit nem veszik észre, hogy valójában van te már valójában nem sokat sokkal jó megjelenésű, mint lehet, hogy most. Te annyira intelligens. Ön már tudja, ezért jelentősen a tárgya ennek tárgy készített nekem a magam részéről azt hiszem, a számos különböző szögekből. Ez olyan, mint a nők és a férfiak nem úgy tűnik, hogy legyen részt kivéve ez egyik dolog elérni a Lady Gaga! A saját töm kiváló. Mindig fenntartása fel!

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