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Rohit Sharma defends Chennai pitch after India thrash England to level Test series

The second-Test pitch in Chennia got here below scrutiny as England have been overwhelmed by 317 runs, with former England captain Michael Vaughan describing it as a seaside; Sharma says India have been inside their proper to take advantage of house benefit

Last Updated: 22/02/21 11:20am

Rohit Sharma scored a century against England in the second Test in Chennai (Pic credit - BCCI)

Rohit Sharma scored a century towards England within the second Test in Chennai (Pic credit score – BCCI)

India batsman Rohit Sharma has taken purpose on the critics who complained concerning the Chennai pitch within the second take a look at towards England, saying each crew “takes advantage of home conditions”.

After shedding the opening Test of the four-match series, India levelled with a 317-run win as England struggled towards spin on a observe the place Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin notched centuries within the first and second innings respectively.

Former Australia batsman Mark Waugh referred to as the pitch unacceptable whereas former England captain Michael Vaughan described it as a seaside.

But Sharma stated India have been inside their rights to put together a pitch to their liking.

“The pitch is the same for both teams, so I don’t know why there is so much discussion about it. Pitches have been prepared like this in India for years,” stated Rohit forward of the third take a look at in Ahmedabad, which begins on February 24.

“Every side takes advantage of home conditions even when we travel. When we travel they (opponents) make our life difficult.

“We want to go together with our crew’s choice. That’s the which means of house benefit, in any other case simply take it away and the ICC ought to provide you with a uniform rule in every single place for pitches. When we go overseas, folks make our life tough.

“I don’t think pitches should be debated at all. Debates can be held on players, their performances, [and] how they are batting or bowling, but don’t debate pitches. Both teams play on the same pitch and whoever plays better wins.”

Sharma’s 161 set the platform for India within the first innings even because the ball spun from the primary session and kicked up mud on touchdown, and the 33-year-old stated it was a matter of utility after studying the circumstances.

“As a batsman, depending on the pitch, you prepare yourself. Players are picked to play based on their skillset and mindset to play in challenging conditions.

“There are probabilities you’ll fail nevertheless it does not matter so long as you be taught from that.

“We don’t complain about the pitch when we play outside India, we just move on and others should do the same. I would tell the experts to talk about the cricket and not the pitches.”

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