Rohit Sharma will neither be disappointed nor surprised if the Day-Night Test field in Motera behaves on the same principle as that of the second Chennai Test.
The Indian opener, who had a 161 game in the opening innings on a row turner to help the team get back into the series, sees nothing wrong with the teams exploiting the home advantage in terms of land and conditions. He argued that the option of using the proposed surface is with both teams.
From the start, the Second Test pitch helped the spinners, with the Indian trio of Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin much more adept at using it than their English counterparts, Jack Leach and Moeen Ali. This is a formula that will likely carry over into the pink ball test, which is typically dominated by tailoring and swing bowlers. Rohit sees nothing wrong with that.
At a virtual press conference Rohit said, “I don’t know why this topic comes up every time as the pitch is the same for both teams. Both teams play on the same field. People say pitches shouldn’t be like this or that, but for years Indian pitches are only made like that.” “I don’t think it’s necessary to make any changes. Each team benefits from its living conditions.”
Depending on the outcome of the English series, India’s chances of qualifying for the World Testing Championship (WTC) final in June, and the loss in the first game prompted the think tank to throw the spin-punch to visitors.
Pink ball test with a difference
The agreement to leave 6mm of turf on the pitch for a pink ball test was broken at Motera. It is likely to bring more joy to spinners than to pacers combined with the historic nature of the surface – slow and spinning. From Wednesday, he could play directly into the hands of the hosts in the game.
“It will be on the same page. It will turn out as well and we are preparing accordingly,” Rohit said.
“A rule should be established by ICC that locations should be prepared the same everywhere. ”
Everything in the mind
Ultimately, it’s the skills and their application that decide the outcome of the games, he argued.
“When we go out, life is made difficult for us by our opponents also. So I don’t think we need to talk a lot about pitch. We should be talking about the game, about the players, ”Rohit added.
It takes the right attitude to face difficult terrain, rather than being afraid of the challenge.
“I don’t think much about the fields. The pitch won’t change, if you think about it too much. So the focus should be on how to play on the given pitch, on the necessary technique. For the terrain, we have to prepare our minds” he said.
With the stakes so high, Rohit admitted that India could not afford any missteps while keeping its mind on the current mission.
“Yes, we still have to do a lot to qualify, to be in the final (WTC). We only focus on what we need to do to win the game when we play. Before reaching the final, there are small steps we have to take. It’s still too far. Staying in the moment is very important. It’s important to focus on the job at hand and stay in the present. “