Pitches are on everyone’s mouth when the matches are to be played in India. The 2023 World Cup was hosted by India and before even commencement of the World Cup some cricket experts were already targeting the pitch. ICC has now released its ratings of the pitches and also of the one used in the final in Ahmedabad. In this article, we will tell you everything in brief.
ICC gives ‘average’ rating to Ahmedabad pitch
Indian captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid blamed the pitch used in the finals at Ahmedabad for team India’s loss against Australia. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting also mentioned that the use of a slow pitch by India for the finals backfired them and Australia came well prepared on the given day. After all this controversy on pitch ICC has now released its official rating of the pitch used in the final at Ahmedabad.
ICC gave an ‘Average’ rating to the pitch used in the final at Ahmedabad. ICC also gave average ratings to pitches used in matches between, India Vs England in Lucknow, India Vs Pakistan in Ahmedabad, and India Vs South Africa in Kolkata. The pitches used in all these matches were slow and they are also different from the other pitches of the tournament. the 2023 World Cup saw many batting records being broken and it was a World Cup that favoured batsmen more than the bowlers.
When asked about the loss in the final of the 2023 World Cup both the Indian captain and coach mentioned the behaviour of the pitch in their review. Australia came with all the strategies and homework done to play the match against India on that pitch. ICC ratings are very important in this scenario as they also mention that the pitch to not up to the mark for an event like the World Cup final.