The final match of the four-Test series between India and Australia began on 9th March. Australia skipper Steve Smith won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 255/4 till the end of the game on the first day of the match. Usman Khawaja is unbeaten after scoring 104 runs. Cameron Green has scored an unbeaten 49 runs.
Earlier in this series, Test matches have been held in Nagpur, Delhi, and Indore. One thing was common in all three places: the pitch was fiercely criticized. Ahmedabad also could not escape from it. The pitch was criticized by former players of India and Australia on the very first day of the match. However, the matter is different this time, and the allegations have also been made differently.
Actually, two pitches were prepared before the match. Till the day before the match, it was not decided on which pitch the match would be played. Former Australian cricketer and commentator Mark Waugh got angry about this. He said, “It is not right. I am surprised that how can anyone not know on which pitch the match will be played.
Giving the example of his country, Mark Waugh said, “This does not happen in Australia. The groundsmen and curators know months in advance about the match’s pitch. This ensures good preparation for the camera, the side-screen, and the audience. Something different is happening in India.
He further added, “It happens in the county. Two or three pitches are prepared there. The decision is taken in the end after seeing the opposition team. I have no idea what is happening here, but it should be fixed.”
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Former Indian cricket team batter Sanjay Manjrekar was also not impressed with the pitch in Ahmedabad. He compared it to the 70s and 80s. During the commentary, Manjrekar said that the pitch was very batting friendly. A pitch like Ahmedabad was rare in the home series, but the Indian bowlers did not bowl more wicket-taking deliveries.