The pitches have already taken the centre-stage in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series and the Ranchi pitch, which will host the third Test, is only going to add fuel to the fire.
Pitch talk dominated reaction after the first two Tests ended inside three and four days respectively. In the series-opener at Pune, Australia’s left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe recorded the best figures by a visiting spinner on Indian soil by taking 12 wickets as India suffered a humiliating 333-run defeat. The pitch, which was compared to the ‘surface of Mars’ by Shane Warne was later rated ‘poor’ by match referee Chris Broad.
In the second Test at Bengaluru, Nathan Lyon took 8 wickets on an opening day as the visitors bowled out India for 189. But India made a remarkable comeback and went on to win the match by dismissing Australia on 113 in the final innings.
And if reports are to be believed then the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium pitch is also going to be a rank turner which will start turning right from the first over of the match. As per the report, the pitch will not offer any bounce for the bowlers.
News from Ranchi is ball will turn square from first over Won't be any bounce in the pitch at all India is likely to include J Yadav
— Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) March 12, 2017
Earlier, chief curator SB Singh, who has prepared three pitches for the upcoming match, had said the pitches will have something for both batsmen as well as the bowlers
“Each of them will behave differently. The team will choose the strip two days before the match. The pitch will suit both the batsmen and bowlers and will definitely last five days,” he had said.
However, reports suggest otherwise. Moreover, Ranchi’s track record also backs the report. The pitch is known for offering grip and turn. In the four ODIs that have been played on the ground, the aggregate run rate has not even once gone more than six runs per over.
In the last match that was played on this ground, India failed to chase down 260 against New Zealand last year although the presence of dew was making it tough for the bowlers to grip the ball.