Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has shared his opinion on what kind of pitches he would want to see in the upcoming Test series between India and Australia.
India will host Australia for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which will start from February 9 in Nagpur. India have won the previous three editions of the series and would want to add another series victory against Australia at home this time around.
“I want the ball to turn from Day 1! If you lose the toss, so be it. You want to see the ball turning a bit. Or something there for the bowlers on offer from Day 1. It’s your strength. You’re playing at home. Capitalise on it.” Shastri told Star Sports.
“There’s a lot of crap spoken about pitches. I believe no one other than the curator should have a say on what wickets are produced. I don’t think it should be up to the players, the manager, the coach, anybody! You just produce a good pitch. Surely a curator has been a player and wants to produce a good pitch,” he added.
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“More than anything else, credit must be given to the Indian players for making that happen. Australia always had a reputation: of playing in a certain fashion and dismantling sides. For India to step up and play them at their own game speaks volumes for the way the Indian players have performed over the last few years,” Shastri concluded.