The pitch in the third Test between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium may have attracted a lot of criticism after 28 out of 30 wickets fell to spin in what turned out to be the shortest Test since World War II but it is likely to get attract any sanction by the ICC as the pitch in the final Test at the same venue is expected to be a batting paradise.
With India leading 2-1 in the four-match series and the fact that even a drawn game will be enough for them to qualify for the IC World Test Championship final, another raging turner is unlikely given the fact that it can potentially backfire as it almost did in the last game when the home side was bowled out for 145 in their first innings.
A BCCI official told news agency PTI that the track in the final Test will be a batting paradise and one can expect a very high-scoring encounter.
“Expect a good hard surface which will be firm and even bounce. It will be a batting beauty and since it’s a traditional red-ball match, one can expect a very high scoring contest here from March 4-8,” a BCCI official told PTI.
Furthermore, the BCCI is wary of the fact that having back-to-back raging turners will not be a good advertisement for a ground that is expected to host several marquee encounters of the IPL and ICC events.
“If there are two matches played at the same venue, you can’t hold one result in isolation. Let the final Test be over and then only based on match referee Javagal Srinath’s report can ICC decide its course of action. Also as of now, the England team hasn’t lodged any official complaint,” the BCCI official said.
The official further added that unlike what former England greats have claimed, it was the pink ball and not the surface that proved to be an issue in the third Test as the ball continued to skid off the surface at an alarming pace.
“The pink ball Test went well because it was more about the ball and the way it skidded rather than the pitch which many English former greats are panning. It was straight deliveries that they couldn’t counter. But having said that these kind of tracks have a tendency to backfire and BCCI is well aware of that,” he said.
The fourth and final Test between India and England will take place between March 04-08 at the same venue in Ahmedabad.