World Take a look at Championship: India will not lose factors attributable to Chennai pitch score


New Delhi, February 17

Neither Virat Kohli’s Indian team nor billions of its followers globally have to worry about the ratings of MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch and outfield by the International Cricket Council. Whatever be the ICC’s assessment of the pitch, India’s points on the World Test Championship (WTC) table will not be deducted.

India are currently second in the points table.

India, England, and Australia are in race for the second finalist’s berth as New Zealand have already qualified for the WTC final to be played at Lord’s, London, in June.

The ICC on Wednesday clarified that the pitch and ground ratings did not impact the WTC points table, though due to slow over rates teams’ points are deducted. India have no fear on the second count.

The ICC had till Wednesday evening not issued the pitch and outfield rating for MA Chidambaram Stadium.

After the Chennai pitch assisted spinners a great deal in both the first and second India-England Tests, doubts were expressed in some quarters that it might invite adverse rating from the ICC and, therefore, India might eventually be docked points on the WTC table. However, to the relief of all the players and fans, the ICC clarified that the pitch ratings would not impact India’s tally.

Below are the relevant ICC WTC rules that illustrate the two aspects — pitches receiving adverse rating, and slow over rates.

On Tuesday, after India defeated England by 317 runs in the second Test – having lost the first match by 227 runs at the same venue – India off-spinner R Ashwin said that Indian cricketing fraternity needs to magnanimously deflect away criticism of Indian cricket pitches when it comes from overseas cricketers.

“People give their opinions. It is completely fine if people give opinions. We will also have opinions when we tour abroad. We don’t complain or crib, and just get on with it.

“I have never seen any of our greats, be it our coach Ravi Shastri or Sunil Gavaskar who have been on tours abroad. I have never seen them talk about pitches having lot of grass. It has never happened. When people come out with such opinions, we should respect them but I think we should be able to magnanimously deflect them away,” Ashwin said.

Ashwin was adjudged the Man of the Match for his all-round performance in the second Test – 119 runs, including a century, and eight wickets.

England captain Joe Root said his team was totally outplayed and that it provided an education for them.

“You can call it (the pitch) whatever you like. The fact of the matter is that we were outplayed on it,” he said.

“I wouldn’t say it was a good pitch but it made for very exciting cricket and it was not the reason we lost the game. We were outplayed in all three departments.”

On the pitch, Root pointed out: “It was a surface that spun a huge amount and bounced more than we anticipated but we should take that as a learning and be better for it the next time we experience conditions that are similar.” IANS



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