I Don’t Need ICC To Tell Me That Pitch Was Poor: Bishan Singh Bedi
The former Indian left-arm spinner and the leader of the spin quartet, Bishan Singh Bedi, vented his frustration on the Pune pitch, which was used for the first Test match between India and Australia. Bedi said that he knew that the pitch was poor and he do not need any confirmation from ICC to rate the deck as poor,
“I say this with humility, I don’t need the ICC to tell me it was a poor pitch. I knew it when I first saw the action on television. It was a disgrace and I feared someone would get seriously injured,” Bedi told mid-day yesterday.
Bedi, a veteran of 67 Test matches, felt that India and Australia deserved a better track for the game. He was disappointed to see Ravichandran Ashwin opening the bowling for India and said,
“Look, the World No. 1 (India) and World No 2 teams are playing this series. Surely, they deserve a good surface. It was so sad to see a bowler like R Ashwin opening the bowling in both innings. He’s such a fine bowler, too good a bowler to be made to face this reality. The essence of Test cricket is its duration. At the end of the five days, you witness what both teams did. There has to be a basic qualitative aspect.”
Many questions have been raised on the first Test match due to the nature of the pitch. Chris Broad, the match referee for the game has already rated the deck as poor and now BCCI has to submit an answer to ICC within a matter of 14 days.
The pitch used for the game heavily favoured spinners all during the game as we saw spinners taking 31 wickets, with Australian spinners taking all the 10 wickets in last innings of the game.
The spinning track however backfired as it were the visiting bowlers which went onto to topple the Indian batting line-up and won the game at the end by a big margin of 333 runs.
Bedi further also said that small centres hosting a Test match will not work for the promotion of the Test cricket as we saw a low turnout in the first Test match. To take a note, Ranchi and Dharamsala, the other small centres will host of third and fourth Test match respectively,
“You need to market and promote Test cricket. If bigger centres can’t do that, how do you expect smaller venues to do so? I can’t see why you want to have Test cricket in Ranchi and Dharamsala.”
The second Test of the series starts from March 4 in Bengaluru.
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