Mahela: Kotla wasn't a fair wicket for one-day cricket
Mahela Jayawardene sounded very reasonable
, it until he told Cricinfo that his team and the Indian team thought that the Kotla pitch
was not a fair wicket to play one-day cricket.
I wonder what his opinion was about the Rajkot pitch where 820 runs were scored across 100 overs
. Was that a "fair" wicket for one-day cricket? I'm totally on Jarrod Kimber's side when he writes "If these batsmen want to come out with two inches of unprotected space on their bodies, then they can take whatever comes at them
The ICC's monitoring process
is bound to kick in now since the assumption seems to be that all low-scoring pitches are sub-standard
The Feroz Shah Kotla could be banned from hosting internationals for at least a year, although it is likely that the punishment could be more lenient considering this was the first adverse report by the ICC for a game played at the venue. There doesn't seem to be any evidence that previous ICC feedback
implied that the ground conditions were poor.
Of course there was a risk of physical injury for batsmen yesterday. Of course that isn't fair to batsmen. But life isn't fair either, and I'm assuming all cricketers and cricket fans do agree that cricket mirrors life, to a large extent.
Don't bowlers risk physical injury and permanent mental scarring when they run in (some morons run in nearly 25 metres each ball) pointlessly, especially on hot sultry days? They put in their maximum effort, hoping that the batsman would defend the ball near his chest, only to see that it ended up at his knees and the ball ended up over mid-wicket.
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