India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 1st day

Toughest pitch I've played on - Pietersen

George Dobell in Nagpur

December 13, 2012

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Kevin Pietersen made a vital half-century, India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 1st day, December 13, 2012
Kevin Pietersen had to hold back on his natural free-flowing game on a very slow pitch © BCCI

Kevin Pietersen described the Nagpur pitch as "the toughest I have played Test cricket on" after the first day of the final Test against India.

Pietersen top-scored for England with 73 out of 199 for 5 but, on a day when England were unable to score off 483 of the day's 582 deliveries, Pietersen admitted that the slow pace of the pitch had made batting a real struggle. He remained confident that England were well-placed in the game, however, suggesting the balance of their attack - with two seamers and two spinners - would prove crucial over the remainder of the game.

India utilised four spinners on the first day, but the only seamer in their side, Ishant Sharma, was by far the most dangerous of the bowlers and dismissed both England openers, Nick Compton and Alastair Cook.

"It is tough and it is the toughest wicket I have played Test cricket on in terms of trying to play strokes," Pietersen said. "I think we have done okay at 200 for 5 but what the wicket is going to do from now on, I haven't got a clue because it looks pretty similar to what it did when we started the day. The key today was to try and bat for as long as possible because I don't think that wicket is getting any better.

"My guess is as good as anyone's in this room as to what that wicket is going to do. I don't know, but goodness, it is slow.

"I think we are in a position of strength, having two seamers. I found Ishant Sharma incredibly difficult to play today. All I know is that scoring was incredibly hard, especially against Ishant, so we hope Tim Bresnan and Jimmy Anderson can do us a really good job."

Pietersen was also impressed by the performance of Joe Root. The 21-year-old, winning his first Test cap, reacted to challenging circumstances with a composed innings that revived England's hopes of setting a competitive first innings total. England slipped to 139 for 5 not long after Root came to the crease, but did not lose another wicket for the rest of the day as he and Matt Prior added 60 runs in 30 overs. On a pitch that may well deteriorate sharply, the time occupying the crease could prove almost as important as the runs scored.

"Joe was brilliant," said Pietersen. "He is his own man. He played some lovely cricket shots. He has got a good head on his shoulders. I always say never judge anyone after a couple of hours batting for England but he showed signs that he will have a very good Test career.

"He didn't need too much help. He came in there, and was scoring freely. He's a good little player and a lovely man as well. He's a good human being."

Pietersen accepted that it had not been the most entertaining day for spectators and suggested that the slow pace of play would have persuaded many to stop watching long before the close.

"The Indians think that is the kind of wicket they can produce to pull the series back," he said. "The viewers have got no interest in what I've got to say because they switched off four or five hours ago. It is an incredible challenge for the lads to see what we can get out of this over the next four days. We've had some incredible challenges over the last two or three years."

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Posted by JG2704 on (December 15, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

@DG - I'm just playing devil's advocate here. I personally have not moaned about the pitch and it seems that the less complex players have handled it better. My point is that this attritional cricket is all well and good for die hard fans but may discourage potential new fans from getting into the game. Then again I suppose there's enough T20 stuff going on

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 14, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

@JG, I wouldn't say my favourite player struggled. He showed his character, the stuff of Legends, to shelve his natural instincts and slug it out in the middle. That's how I look at Test Cricket and that's how a player like KP is loved by many non-English fans, for his ability to handle the challenges that different conditions pose. I mean, how about a bit more positivity in our outlook regarding the challenges thrown at players and the way they responded rather than getting pre-occupied by pitch and all of that?

Posted by JG2704 on (December 14, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar on (December 14 2012, 04:28 AM GMT) Understand your views there but it's not just England fans who have moaned about the pitch. Obviously both sets of batsman inc your favourite player have struggled on it so far although Root looked pretty untroubled as did Prior and Swann made it look easy. It's obviously made for attritional cricket and if India deliberately prepared such a pitch then it is there right to do so. The one thing I will say is that it doesn't encourage the average man to start watching cricket

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

@rohit, nobody complained about the pitch in the UAE, england fans know what happened in the UAE, saeed ajmal - possibly the best bowler in the world - took advantage of england being poor against spin. turning wickets make for exciting cricket, like the first 3 tests. this new pitch is useless. but ask sehwag and sachin's middle stump how the pitch is for fast bowlers

Posted by Drew2 on (December 14, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

@Rohith Chowdary, England struggling in India? Actually they appear to be thriving.....and in conditions prepared for the home team. India would have been much more of a success if they didn't used these pitches.There is no mid to long term India bowler in history with a bowling average of under 28. That is a very poor statistic.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Well, "Don't judge a pitch until both sides have batted on it" It's a cliche for a reason! Saw many Indian supporters claiming that their batsmen would dominate England on this pitch, well not worked out that way so far! 330 on this surface is looking like a very good first innings total right about now. Personally I'm not in favour of pitchs designed to force a result. I actually think a draw can be a great match to watch and pitches which make draws possible force one team to really outplay the other to get the victory.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Who was saying that u can't blame pitch untill u don't see Sehwag batting on it. he was uprooted on the 2nd ball he faced

Posted by JG2704 on (December 14, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

@Meety on (December 14 2012, 01:20 AM GMT) re "I think England will be thankfull for having Bresnan in the side to boost the batting, as I think every run should be crucial" - Mate , Randy and Jonesy have been trying for ages to come up with a gem like that and you do by chance. Ironically I was about to post something saying that I think Swann (despite a lower average) is a better batsman than both Bres and Broad - and obviously one of our senior batsmen too , but then again Monty looks more accomplished than him right now. Seriously though , I said pre test that I hope they didn't choose Bres because they thought he could add something to the batting and I wonder if Swann should be moved up the order. I don't think Swann is great but I think he may be better than Bres and Broad. BTW I know Broad aint playing so was just generalising

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 14, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

I am converted to capitalism. Socialism is evil in a way. Sometime it is needed to elevate evolution of society but not much. if BCCI is given free ride in that they run a business and no one taxing them , everyone wants a piece of pie. Every politicians wants influence in BCCI to pick their relatives kid who probably average in everything. This is not just india , if you give free stuff this is what happens. No accountability on part of BCCI . They literaly doing day robbery on innocent indian cricket fans without producing a good product. I think it is impossible to change BCCI operation , it has so many roots , its like its own life form. It feeds only rich people with their profit. I don't mind people making profit for their hard work , atleast make a system that can find better talent than finding short unathletic people one after another. Problem is it is not rocket science to find people. BCCI do not care in finding talent or making better indian team.

Posted by no_second_chance_for_batsman on (December 14, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

what a shame.. pitches like this r created by BCCI. There is a simple solution for this & ICC has to step in and lay down some basic rules of how the pitch should behave. If not, match should be abandoned !. And proper ICC action should be taken against that host country.

As it is Test cricket is loosing audience & by allowing to have a Test match to be played on a wicket like this, doesn't help the cause ! ICC please show that you still have some power over BCCI bullying. First its DRS, then what ?

Anyways....its all up to ICC. Cheers, Kumar

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

MS dhoni is hanging on to captaincy b cos if he loses captaincy he also loses his place as there are better wicket keepers than him and his batting is dismal. He's loses cataincy its end of his cricketing career. Any way he made 300 crores.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 14, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Good pitch, bad pitch and all of that is nonsense. Fast pitches, slow pitches, pitches for fast bowlers, pitches for spinners, bouncy pitches, low pitches - understandable. So, get on with the game. You've got to bat and bowl on all kinds of tracks and come out on top. You will, if you have it in you. Some English fans need to stop whining. This is not football that you play on the same kind of ground. This is Cricket. Tennis is played on different kinds of surfaces too. What's your problem Sons? KP showed that he indeed is a Master at his craft by scoring runs in such difficult conditions. Take a clue from him and stop whining. Will ya?

Posted by raj_n on (December 14, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

The pitch is a disgrace. It simply kills cricket. Anderson simply has to pitch the ball on the stumps and he will get his wickets lbw or bowled. Dont think the spinners can take wickets without the batsmen contributing.Such slow turn. Hope India dont win here as doing so would lead to more such pitches.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

Why do you England fans keep on talking about the pitch? When India toured England, and when our batsmen struggled against the pace bowlers, everyone commented that the Indian batsmen can't play outside subcontinent. Now when England batsmen are struggling in UAE and India, you people are complaining about the pitches. When Australia, SF, and England can't prepare pitches which help spinners, don't expect subcontinent pitches to help pace bowlers. If that's fair, this is fair too.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (December 14, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

I don't think the Indian batsmen will have easy time scoring on this pitch. Lets see. If India gets Poms out around 250 and score 400 plus, it may be in a position to win. However, looking at their batting, it is will be hard task.

Posted by Ven61 on (December 14, 2012, 2:48 GMT)

All criticisms of the pitch are completely justified. Test cricket is the loser in all this.

I apologize to all test cricket fans in behalf of test cricket lovers in India. BCCI has let us down; let cricket down. This is the lowest point of Indian cricket.

Posted by Mad_Hamish on (December 14, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

Ranveerrsingh if Bellerive is a greentop then the Sri Lankan bowlers must be absolutely hopeless.

Posted by Mitcher on (December 14, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster: But, really, is it only English fans complaining about the pitch? Jadeja has had a bit to say about this one. Nothing complimentary. Not to mention hundreds of Indian posters talking about pitches during this series. And to take it a step further, your own captain has had plenty to say about Indian pitches. I think most people are concerned about this type of pitch's affect on the game at large rather than who it benefits. Turn is fine, but this one has nothing for anyone. And finally, do India REALLY look like winning at this point? Hmmm, not based on the rest of the series...

Posted by Meety on (December 14, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

I think England will be thankfull for having Bresnan in the side to boost the batting, as I think every run should be crucial. == == == I think the key wicket in this match is Sehwag. If Sehwag is gotten rid of inside 30 minutes, England will be on the path to victory. However, whilst everyone else is struggling to score at 2 rpo, I still think Sehag COULD score a run a ball here, so if he bats half a day - it will almost be impossible for India to lose. England will do well to get 300, which is a match winning total IF they remove Sehwag cheaply. This is assuming the pitch still holds up on Day 2.

Posted by RoJayao on (December 14, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

Ban India for pitch doctoring!

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (December 13, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

@ cooljack_143 - I guess nothing has deterred Indian fans like you from making silly predictions again. One decent day from India and fans like you are out in full force.

Posted by ElvisKing on (December 13, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

Well if KP says most difficult pitch he has played on then India need to be really worried since they have more "Jokers" in the Pack of Cards of the Indian team who swoon at the sight of Swann and concede their wickets, if last 2 Test matches are any evidence. Looks like the Test match will be over and I should warn the team "Beware of the Ides of December,2012".

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

Australians may hv lost their recent test matches vs Saffas; but they wouldn't ever make this shameful pitches. the reason is they respect cricket, and the fans !!

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 23:15 GMT)

Hard to believe a bowler like ishant with a SR of ~200 this year keeps getting multiple multiple chances. Well, he got three wickets. But seriously? why is he so hyped again? explain that to me plz?

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 13, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

Why are some of the English fans such hypocrites ? Only God knows. Always whining about the pitch when they don't do well. This test match is far from over so I cannot understand the fuss. @tommyb1234: So when England wins a test, its all fair and square. If India look like winning, then it's all about the pitch isn't it ?

Posted by Jojygeorge on (December 13, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

Bravobravo saying that "it is the most shameful day of the game for audience as a consequence of the pitch" it is just laughable. Some of the pitches in the WI are just a joke nowadays......

I think it is even more shameful for WI cricket that players like Gayle and Samuels were not part of their test team for a considerable period of time, money,arrogance, incompetent cricket board?

Posted by thetruthinurface on (December 13, 2012, 22:29 GMT)

Heres the truth...put this on twitter...ask Paul Collingwood to check his hand before he goes all In! win this by 7 or 8 wickets on Day 5... .This is my first comment on cricinfo.... and I wont be disappointed!

Posted by cloudmess on (December 13, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

All 3 pitches in the UAE last winter were like this one.

Posted by Ranveerrsingh on (December 13, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

Tommyb1234, what is more damaging for Test cricket is the way Englishmen and the Aussies go about cheating visiting teams by making them play their practise games on flat pitches devoid of any grass and then getting them to play the Test matches on green tops. This has been going on for many years, the latest incident being SL being made to play on a flat pitch at the Manuka Oval and now starting a Test match today which has a green top waiting for them. Justice should start from so the so called torch bearers of test cricket for many years, England and Australia before pointing fingers at others!!

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (December 13, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

@ cooljack_143 : I don't think India made any mistake, in fact they won two crucial tosses too. Its England who made mistake in first test by not picking Panesar and lost the first test. Otherwise it would be 3-0 england.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

There kinda wickets will only bring the best out a batsman and elevate them to a next level. If it is supposed to be the toughest ever wicket played by pieterson, so be it... I am impressed with the debutante root and may be he can get inspired and become one of the best ever batsman.. please stop whining about the pitch and enjoy the game ...

Posted by maxymax on (December 13, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

Surprising that some people think that KP complaining about the pitch!! He is only stating the fact and being a world class batsmen, only presenting his opinion about the pitch to the Cricketing world. Can't wait to see how the Indian top 7 bat next!

Posted by Pacelover on (December 13, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

I am all for variety in pitches but perhaps this is variety too far. A day of batting with a run rate of 2 is not going to help Test cricket. Maybe Sehwag will score fluently on this but if not then God help this Test match. We could see the lowest scoring draw in test history for a full 5 days play.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (December 13, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

Guys watch out for Jadeja & Piyush Chawla...Lately they have been doing pretty well in BATTING in Ranji season..They will definitely play with no fear..No doubt this is Indias game to loose now..Just a couple of wickets away now..

Posted by pradeep_24 on (December 13, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

@cooljack_143 england levelling the series based on pure luck????? man u must be crazy.. they fought hard and achieved this. the pitch is not good and the only man who can make any difference is SHEWAG...

Posted by CricketFirstLove on (December 13, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

Sporting pitches must be made to make the game interesting. People will lose interest in test cricket otherwise. the important thing is to play good cricket not win. If you cannot make the right team, bat better or bowl better why order pitches as lousy as these? No sportsmanship.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 13, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

For me PITCH is fine. This is one of those pitches you need to look at the ball closely. If pitch not bouncing and rolls...then problem. Ankle high is fine for me. It counters tall batsman. So indians can play just squatting around the ground level and play killi thanda. if india selects pyesh chawla out of 1 billion indian there is something wrong with the system. He do not even spin , damn i can bowl far better than chawla. He rolls the wrist and ball has almost no revolution. I can't blame selectors though if people do not show up in ranji trophy. Because each state cricket board behaves same way in that highly skilled people do not get in unless they know some one in BCCI or rich politician kid. India has talent and raw material to produce 10 all star team but at present we can't find 2 good spinners. Its kinda shame. I believe if you start TAXING bcci they will come to senses and pick players who has talent and skill to compete in high level.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (December 13, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

vallavarayar on (December 13 2012, 17:21 PM GMT) Apparently Sharma is 1.93m so to tower over KP (1.94m) he must be wearing cuban heels ala Simon Cowell, by the way 'tiny' Joe Root is 1.83m (6 foot). Not really sure of what relevance it is to the price of haddock but I note Sharma I longer hair than KP but I reckon KP would win in hand to hand combat.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (December 13, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

Is "the toughest I have played Test cricket on' diplomatic speak for the worst Pieterson's played on. There's preparing pitches for home advantage and then this utter rubbish at Nagpur. But as proven in the last 2 tests, England has the better bowling attack and and better batsmen. Whatever kind of pitch it is, there's got be something in it for bowlers and batters. This pitch, there was nothing for anyone including spectators. India, for their part, looked liked they were bowling to some sort of plan, which was primarily wait for the batsmen to make mistakes and England duly obliged except for Cook who got a howler. Monty and Swanny are bigger spinners of the ball than India and so am looking forward to see how they do particularly as the former was left out of the 1st test on a pitch even more benign than this. England has got to do us a favour and win this test so we can ring in the changes that's needed.

Posted by MadrasCity on (December 13, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Whats wrong with this pitch, why is every one so worried about the pitch and not the game. This is Test cricket - Indians are testing there Max here , if england batters can come over it. That's when they should be called as test champion's. Get the meaning of this format - its not T20 or ODI . It will be a blunder for T20. But for Test cricket - i am good with it .Give the best you can to the visitors test them up , is they are really skilled let them take the credit. In future you will ask batters to bowl and win the game is it .England is here to be tested - its the same pitch for both lets wait and see.

Posted by Mitcher on (December 13, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

Love the last quote from KP. @Smith Robertson: I agree the variation in pitches is a great thing about cricket. But a pitch that offers nothing for pacers or spinners throughout day one is hardly good for the game.

Posted by Ha8rick on (December 13, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

I home India loses again and Dhoni gets sacked.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 13, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

KP should be commended for his effort. It was a slowish pitch no doubt. But the English public and their media are becoming IRRITATING with their opinion on Indian pitches. This ain't England, it's India. Our pitches have unique qualities as you all probably saw from Ahmedabad. If you are so worried about the pitch, then why not bring one in your baggage from the UK the next time you tour India ? A sensible suggestion is it not ?!!

Posted by vishwanath.sreeraman on (December 13, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

toughest pitch to bat on...shouldn't that make it one of the best pitches.... u have tennis that's played on the slowest of surface and on fast courts; no one's complaining about clay courts being slow and boring; scoring in a sluggish pitch is also about supreme ability- if batsmen always want belters then tough luck

Posted by Patchmaster on (December 13, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

How on earth was Ian Bell recalled to the ENG side. Surely scoring 23 in the last test wasn't enough ? But, he's back, and......still looks awful. Bairstow would have been a much much better bet than Bell.

Posted by Harlequin. on (December 13, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

@cooljack-143, I don't think he was complaining about the pitch, he said it was tough because of how slow it is. Saying it is tough is not a criticism, especially not from someone who loves a challenge (like Pietersen). As for saying that it may have bored a lot of the spectators, he was right there!

Posted by cric_follower on (December 13, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Shameful exhibition for cricket from India. If you do not want to play test cricket, just make it official. There is no need to bring the game to such dis-repute.

Posted by Harlequin. on (December 13, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

@Roger Allott - good call about Pujara, expect him to be in the runs. I think forget about number of runs completely, if England have the patience to bat until tea tomorrow then that will be a good first innings.

Posted by desi1 on (December 13, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

200/5 is not a bad score so no need to blame the pitch yet. English media and players have got in to the habit of criticizing anything Indian. All the test matches produced results, and two went into 5th day and one into 4th day. Cricket could have been more competitive if india performed like an international team. And as far as viewers are concerned, not many in india watch test matches and half of those who watch also dont watch if india is bowling. I have a question to frequent boarders here like landl47 do you watch the full 5 days of test cricket. I find it hard to believe.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 13, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

This was reminiscent of the Dubai and Abu Dhabi pitch where ball does not come on to the bat meaning run scoring and wicket taking is tough.

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Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

@valla both kp and ishant r 6'4" they r even lol search for odds now lol

Posted by tommyb1234 on (December 13, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

Well said KP, particularly when praising Joe Root and rightly criticising the pitch that had been served up. There is no justice in the cricketing world if India win this test - damaging for Test cricket

Posted by vallavarayar on (December 13, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Yeah. Root is a good little human being. Everybody is good little human being when around KP, except Ishanth who towers even over KP.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (December 13, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Man u should remeber that this isnt the sort of pitch MSD asked for.He asked for spin& bounce.Surprised to hear that you are complaining abt the ptch.One of the best batsmen in the current scenario.I didnt expect you to complain abt the pitch.It was a sure blessing in disguise for IND to loose the toss.ENG are gonna get bowled below 250 tom & they are gonna make huge scores just the way you did & win just the way you did.GL & congrats on at least able to level the series by pure luck with mistakes from Ind players.

Posted by BravoBravo on (December 13, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

KP has almost saying that "it is the most shameful day of the game for audience as a consequence of the pitch". And this very often happens in IND cricket.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 13, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

England can win it easy if they get sehwag. Sehwag can make game easy and make easy for others. if england get sehwag in first inning , Test is in their pocket. Other indians get shaky under pressure. They can't grind like dravid does. Young indian batsman are impulsive and sachin is old ( good LBW candidate in this pitch). I think bresnan can be effective slow pitches because he bowl straight. if England shows patience and tough it out what indians throw at them by testing england patience. It will be doubly difficult for indians to bat on this pitch. Scoring won't be easy even for muscled Tall KP. It is gona be if u miss i hit pitch for indians. England need 400 runs though.

Posted by Roger_Allott on (December 13, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

At the start of play, I said to myself that if we could finish with 6 or fewer 1st innings wickets down, we'd be in the driving seat. As it turns out, we're only 5 down, but with about 70 runs less on the board than I'd expected. So, I'd say now that we're pretty evenly matched, although none of us can really tell until the Indians have had a tonk. KP did very well in circumstances that he must have found very tough, and it was a shame that Cook got a howler from the ump. Root looks a very decent player and Prior did his now usual excellent knock to stabilise the innings. I expect Gambhir, Sehwag and Kohli to struggle on this pitch, so the match might pivot on the batting performances of Pujara and Tendulkar.

Posted by A_Yorkshire_Lad on (December 13, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

So far so good with Joe Root , an inspired decision by the England selectors , it would seem ; his innings has been a slow , grinding , almost ' rear-guard action ' one played on a tough wicket with his team struggling and yet he's been as cool as a cucumber ! An excellent prospect for English cricket , no wonder Boycs rates him highly. He can also bowl , which , if developed , gives an extra spin option to the side without having to rely on the usual horse-trading at selection time . Will Bresnan's selection be equally inspired ? Certainly hope so !

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

very well played and it was very difficult track to bat on it it was pieteresen class who batted on this surface 250 or 300 will be good total indian will work hard for there runs

Posted by landl47 on (December 13, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Pietersen is telling it like it is. I have no objection at all to India preparing wickets which suit their attack. It's unfortunate for cricket if they feel the wicket which best suits them is one on which it is difficult to score freely, but we'll see how they get on when they bat. If they smash it round the ground, then they'll have been right and everyone who criticized the wicket will be wrong. If they get rolled over for a low score, then they will have been wrong in assessing the type of wicket they need. Personally I enjoyed seeing the batsmen working hard for their runs, but I accept that a scoring rate of 2 an over isn't everyone's idea of an entertaining day.

Those who think England is playing for a draw are simply wrong. There's no way this game will be a draw and England knows that. They feel, correctly, that the longer they can bat in the first innings, the better their chances will be when the wicket breaks up.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

I haven't seen any pitch like this too. You come across vicious turners, up-and-down strips, slow and low pitches but the one in Nagpur beats all. It saddens you when you remember it's been out of design rather than incompetence.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

If fast pitch is okay then the opposite slow is just as okay. It what makes Cricket great besides, it was a challenge for the England batsman.

Posted by bumsonseats on (December 13, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

when it all boils down to it we dont have a clue what the wicket will do over the next 4 days. one thing we can say if batting rocks your boat you aint gunna get it here. but would be good to win. they have tried every thing to beat us from selecting teams lacking certain players, pitches like nothing we would get during the test. do we want the win.YOU BET WE DO.

Posted by zethuz on (December 13, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

The pitch is truly rubbish..The curator of this pitch should be sacked with immediate effect.He has turned this crucial test match into a farce

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