Focus on cricket and not the pitch: Rohit Sharma responds to Australian media’s uproar over Nagpur wicket

Written by Sumit Seth

India captain Rohit Sharma on Wednesday shut down the Australian media’s bizarre talks about the Nagpur pitch in his uber-cool style ahead of the first Test. Rohit, speaking to journalists in Nagpur on the eve of the first Test, said that the focus needs to be on the match and not the pitch as 22 quality cricketers from the two countries will compete in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

With the high-octane Border-Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) 2022-23 starting in less than a day, the Australian media have created an uproar over the Nagpur pitch for the first Test against India. According to several media reports, only the center of the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (VCA) wicket was watered and rolled, while the area where bowlers would target left-handers was left brazenly dry.

“Itna pitch maat dekho, cricket khelo. After all, the 22 guys out there are all quality players,” Rohit Sharma said when asked about the Australian media talking about doctored pitches.

When asked about the Nagpur track, Rohit said that the surface would benefit spinners. As a result, he emphasised the significance of rotating strike. 

“It is important to have a plan and figure a way. Everyone has a different method. Some like to sweep some reverse some hitting over the bowler. You need to rotate strike and sometimes you need to counterattack.

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