Rohit Sharma lashes out at Chepauk pitch critics
India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma played a substantial role in the ongoing Test series against England. After failing to live up to his strengths in the first Test match, the 33-year-old brought the best out of himself in the second Test match in Chennai.
The flamboyant cricketer scored an incredible 161 in the first innings at Chepauk stadium. His innings was laced with 19 fours and 2 sixes to his name. The stalwart drew plaudits for his exceptional batting display and the cricketer himself termed that his knock was “very satisfying” to him.
Meanwhile, the Chepauk pitch has been the talking point for some time. Earlier, former England captain Michael Vaughan slammed the Chennai pitch by terming it as a ‘shocker’.
Meanwhile, India’s opener Rohit Sharma chipped in with bold words about the pitch who criticized it. He was of the notion that when the Indian team travels overseas, there is literally nobody who thinks about them. So, Rohit doesn’t see any issue in preparing the pitch the way the Indian side wants.
ICC should take out home and away concept: Rohit Sharma
The 33-year-old star batsman further added that ICC should remove the ‘home and away concept’ and they should make certain rules as to how the cricket pitches should behave. There have been several instances where the Indian players were humiliated overseas but still, they never complained about the pitches.
“When we travel overseas no one thinks about us, so why should we think about them? The ICC should do one thing- they should remove the ‘home and away concept’ and make a rule that the pitches should be of a certain manner. We never complain about the pitches that are dished out to us when we play overseas,” said the limited-overs vice-captain in a virtual press conference.
The flamboyant batsman also added that the pitch is the same for both teams. He highlighted that Indian pitches have always behaved correctly in the same way for several years together. He further added that every cricket team plays to their strengths at home.
“The pitch is the same for both teams. So I don’t know why there’s so much talk about the pitch. People say that the pitch shouldn’t be a certain type of way, but they have been like this in India for years. Every team plays to their strengths at home, and similarly, we do what our team prefers in India,” concluded Sharma.
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Rohit will return to action for the day-night pink-ball affair against England on February 24 at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. England won the first Test match by 227 runs while Team India bounced back in style to win the second Test by 317 runs. India should win the Test series by 2-1 or 3-1 to qualify for the ICC World Test Championship final.