India’s limited overs team vice-captain Rohit Sharma defended the Chepauk pitch used in the second Test against England, which was heavily criticized and said that preparing the preferred pitch for the cricketing country to take advantage of the domestic situation is a must. Is not a new phenomenon. The Chepauk pitch had been getting a turn since day one, prompting lions such as Michael Vaughan and Mark Waugh to criticize the fielders for preparing such a pitch.
Rohit disagreed. Rohit said before the third Test, ‘The pitch was the same for both teams, so I don’t know why this topic is raised again and again. Both teams played on the same pitch. People say that the pitch should be like this, not like this but Indian pitches are prepared in this way for so many years. He said, ‘I don’t think there is any need to change this. Every team takes advantage of their domestic situation.
India beat England by 317 runs in the second Test to level the series 1–1. Rohit said, ‘When we go to play in other countries, they don’t think of us, so why should we think of anyone. We should make pitches as per our team’s choice. This means home advantage and the other team’s ground, otherwise it should be removed. Tell the ICC (International Cricket Council) to make a rule that pitches should be prepared everywhere.
He said, ‘When we go abroad, our rivals also make difficult pitches for us. So I don’t think we should talk about pitches much. We should talk about the game and the players. Rohit, who scored 161 runs in the second Test in Chennai, said that he does not have any problem with any type of pitch when he is batting.
He said, ‘I don’t think much about pitches. If you think more about it, the pitch will not change. Therefore, the focus should be on how to play on the given pitch and what kind of technique is needed on it. He said, “We need to prepare our minds according to the pitch.”