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After the 3–1 defeat of England in the Test series, there is a lot of talk about the Indian pitches in the cricket world. Former English captain Michael Vaughan strongly criticized the turning pitch. At the same time, some legends like legend Sunil Gavaskar have called the criticisms wrong. Indian captain Virat Kohli even said after winning the series that foreigners should understand that similar pitches will be found in the Indian continent.
A new debate has emerged amidst criticism whether pitch should be made for the fast bowlers in India as well. Because Team India has bowlers like Ishant Sharma, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav, who can take wickets under any condition.
If we look at the record from the last 3 years i.e. 1 January 2018, three Indians are among the top-10 fast bowlers taking the highest Test wickets in the world. Together these three pacers Shami, Bumrah and Ishant have taken 245 wickets in 3 years. Shami has taken 85 in 23 Tests, Bumrah has 83 in 19 matches and Ishant has taken 77 wickets in 22 Tests.
Only two spinners in top-15 wicket-takers
Overall top-15 wicket-takers have only two spinners Nathan Lyon and Ravichandran Ashwin. Australian spinner Lion, at number three, took 113 in 27 Tests, while Ashwin is at number four with 105 wickets in 23 Tests.
Every team takes advantage of home ground
Amidst the debate, several veterans including Gavaskar and Kohli also said that every team takes advantage of their home. Makes pitch according to his mind. If foreign teams want to win here, they should come to play spin. The veterans say that when the Asian teams go out, they also do not get spin pitches. According to foreign teams, fast bowlers make a helpful pitch.
Fast bowling pitch in Indian domestic cricket
However, other experts, including former Indian pitch curator Daljit Singh, believe that fast bowlers should have helpful pitches in Indian domestic cricket. This will bring quality pacers to us as well and we will be able to win overseas. This tradition has started in India. That is why bowlers like Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, T Natarajan and Navdeep Saini are coming forward.
What kind of pitch should not be there for Test cricket?
He said that there should not be such a pitch in the test, on which the result should come in two or three days. Such a pitch should also not be prepared, where the test ends without any result. If the test is to be kept alive, boards of different countries will have to promote a pitch like Chennai. For the test, the pitch has to be prepared keeping all the aspects in mind, so that its result will come till the fifth day and the interest of the people will remain from the first day to the last day.
Team India beat England 3-1
Akshar alone took wickets equal to the top-5 fast bowlers in the series
The fast bowlers were a complete failure in the series against England, as the pitch was helpful for spin. The top-5 pacers took a combined total of 27 wickets, while spinner Akshar Patel took the same number of wickets. Anderson took the maximum 8 wickets in the pacers. At number two is Ishant, who took just 6 wickets. Ben Stokes took 5 wickets, while Ollie Stone and Archer got 4-4 wickets each.
Before the fourth Test, former England captain Michael Vaughan made fun of Indian pitches in this way.