All you need to know about cricket pitches: Preparation, different tracks, soil. When the dust erupted from the Chennai route, it was called names, which was one of the ‘seas’. England won the first Test well, with 227 runs. India won second, and even more emphatically, with 317 runs remaining over a day.
That’s what sparked the stadium controversy. Chepauk Stadium was called “beach” by former England captain Michael Vaughan.
From the southeast coast, the India vs England Test series then moved north to Ahmedabad. The scoreline was even 1-1. The next match was for the night, played a little over 50 miles from the banks of the Sabarmati River, at the renovated Narendra Modi Stadium.
The landscape and the color of the soil have changed, along with the color of the ball, from red to pink; but the end of England did not. In fact, it has taken a ‘turn’ that got worse. The game of day and night ended within two days, to be the shortest Test played since World War II in terms of distributed balls .
The result was another turner, which collapsed every time a ball was thrown into it, adding to the fire of a stadium dispute.
The heated debate escalated to the point where Ravichandran Ashwin became embroiled in controversy during an online press conference. An off – spinner was answered to the question about who decides which place is best?, which has reached the mark of 400 Test wickets, asked in response to the author’s question. A day later, Sir Vivian Richards also stepped in, threw his weight behind India and criticized “sighing and groaning” about the stadiums.
This is the beginning, as it lasts for two days from the time the last chapter of this series took place with the fourth and final Test. The climax is always a friendly Motera, but in this daylight, with a red ball.
In India, it is difficult to find an ordinary person when the context is cricket. Everyone is an expert, everyone has an opinion. But a complex subject like cricket stadiums is better left to the professionals who prepare it and the players who use it.
To understand that, it was important to join the dots between science and nature related to geography, climate, soil color, ball, etc., as touched on above. That is an important part of determining the type of cricket ground in a particular part of the world.
Digging deeper into this issue, for the average person to understand the science of cricket, the difference between red and black soil and so on, Timesofindia.com spoke to BCCI manager Samandar Singh Chauhan, who works as general manager of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association [MPCA].
HAVE A MIND OF FORM
“The first thing a guard has to keep in mind is what kind of game it is. Whether it’s a T20, a game over 50, or a multi-day game [home stage or Test],” Chahan said. “Second, which teams are playing.”
The limited range of overs, especially T20s, could be around four and sixes – which is why even the double the number of strikers in the ODIs is no longer surprising. But when it comes to the first home cricket or tests, the format requires the same competition. That is where some English experts may have found a reason to criticize the forums offered in the ongoing series.
Chauhan added saying that they are preparing the stadiums according to the way the game is structured. When it comes to the T20 match, no one wants the bowlers to come and take five wickets and the match is a matter of hitting small that the Fans are waiting for the explosives. Everyone wants good stadiums to hit so fans can see more boundaries and sixes.
HOW TO PREPARE THE ROAD – PROCESS
Repairing a cricket ground is a daunting process. A lot of effort and science goes into preparing a good track.
India’s most famous cricketer, pick, manager and manager PR Umrigar (Polly Umrigar), who played 59 tests in India between 1948 and 1962, wrote extensively on various aspects of cricket, including coaching. Later, he also wrote about preparing the stage.
These were his guidelines for preparing a bouncy pitch (see video below):
According to Umrigar, a good stadium is one that is “dry, strong, well-wrapped and gives even less space everywhere, as the stadium lasts longer for the game”.
Who decides what kind of track to play with?
Is it fair for some English professionals to blame India for preparing tracks that work hard for their strength, especially when the entire host nation is expected to have the opportunity to play at home?
The home board, of course, has a voice and a set of guidelines, and the home captain can also say what he likes.