Bad pitches were used during India-Australia series: Taylor
Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has lashed out at all the three pitches used so far for the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, saying that some degree of ‘gimmicking’ has been done in preparing such pitches. India lead the four-match series 2-1 with one Test match left to be played in Ahmedabad. The Nagpur and New Delhi pitches were rated ‘Average’ by the ICC while the Indore pitch was rated ‘Poor’ by match referee Chris Broad.
Indore also got three demerit points for this bad rating and these points will remain for a period of five years. India were bundled out for scores of 109 and 163 in both innings, while Australia scored 197 in the first innings and then chased down the target of 76 on the morning of the third day to win. While giving the pitch rating of Indore to the Sydney Morning Herald, Taylor said, “I agree with it.” I definitely think the pitches have been completely poor for the series. To be honest, the Indore pitch was the worst of the three. I don’t think spinners should get that much help from day one on the pitch.
This former opener said, “If this happens on the fourth or fifth day of the match, then things are understandable but if the ball turns so much from the first day itself, then it is the result of poor (pitch) preparation.” I thought the pitch at Indore was very bad and should have been ranked accordingly.” Former India legend Sunil Gavaskar, however, is not happy with the ‘poor’ rating given to the pitch at Indore.
He cited the example of the Gabba pitch, where the first Test between Australia and South Africa in December was given a ‘poor to average’ rating by the ICC despite ending within two. Taylor disagreed with him, saying that the Brisbane pitch was the same for both teams, while the first three Tests of the India-Australia series were pitches prepared entirely for spinners.
This Australian captain said, “Gaba’s pitch would have helped the South African fast bowlers as much as Australia because they had four very good fast bowlers. This is not the case with Indian pitches. Here such pitches have been prepared with trickery. “He said,” This gave our spinners an opportunity to show their skills and they performed much better than India thought.