November 12, 2012

England in India 2012

Will Motera curator save England their blushes?

On November 15, the focus will be on the pitch, at Ahmedabad's Motera stadium, that will host the first Test match between India and England. Sumit Chakraberty, writing for DNA, says that the curator will, undoubtedly, produce a batting-friendly pitch which may favour spinners as well.

Isn't that only fair? Should we not strive for victory without help from a doctored pitch? Not really -- home advantage is an accepted norm in many sports, not just cricket. England and Australia did us no favours when we travelled there. Why should a team that occupied the No 1 spot in Test cricket until recently not be tested on a turning track, just like our team was put through the hoops on bouncy and seamy ones? The Ahmedabad curator should, in fact, be instructed to produce a pitch that will make Ashwin smile on Day One.

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