IND vs AUS: ICC Match Referee Give The Pitches In Nagpur And Delhi A “Average” Rating

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The ICC match referee, Andy Pycroft, gave the pitches at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur and the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi a “average” rating. The ratings follow recent India vs. Australia Test series, which saw India win both games and keep the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The matches at these grounds were completed in three days.

India was able to register a staggering 400 in their lone innings despite worries expressed by the Australian media about the Nagpur track’s characteristics, where the visitors only managed 177 and 91 in both innings. Similar to this, in Delhi, the Australian batsmen struggled to adjust to the pitch’s ups and downs on the third day, losing their final nine wickets for only 52 runs.

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No Demerit Points For Venues After ‘Average’ Rating Given By ICC

The venues receive no demerit points in the “average” assessment by ICC. Pitch evaluations by the ICC are divided into six categories: Very Good, Good, Average, Below Average, Bad, and Unfit. Only pitches that are deemed to be below average, subpar, or inappropriate receive demerit points.

It’s important to remember that the Nagpur site had previously been shut down because the ball had started to turn square after the first hour of an India vs South Africa match that was scheduled to last barely two days. The pitch was declared “poor” by the ICC match referee, which led to the ban.

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So, the recent “average” rating for the pitches at Nagpur and Delhi grounds is encouraging for Indian cricket since it shows that the groundsmen have constructed surfaces that are difficult for the batters but yet enable fair competition between bat and ball.

While Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are the series’ outstanding performers, it is obvious that the pitches were also very important in determining how the games turned out. Later this year, India will host the ODI World Cup, putting pressure on the pitch curators to create surfaces that are both difficult and fair, and resistant to criticism from players or the media.

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