‘Jalwa hai hamara yahan’ - Fans react to Indore pitch’s rating changed to 'below average' from 'poor' after Indian Cricket Board’s appeal

Here is how fans have reacted to the news of rating of the Indore pitch getting changed after the appeal from the Board

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India recently played Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and they managed to win the series by 2-1. The Men in Blue won the first two matches while losing the third one and drawing the fourth match. However, pitches were always in the headlines throughout the series as they seemed to be more spinning-friendly.


Meanwhile, in the third Test in Indore, India suffered a nine-wicket loss and the Indore pitch was in the headlines. The Governing Body of Cricket rated the pitch ‘Poor’. They also provided three demerit points for that pitch. But, the Indian Cricket Board were not happy as they claimed that an appeal would be made against that rating.   

“I think 3 demerit points is a little harsh” - Sunil Gavaskar on Indore pitch

According to match referee Chris Broad’s reports, it read: “The pitch, which was very dry, did not provide a balance between bat and ball, favouring spinners from the start. The fifth ball of the match broke through the pitch surface and continued to occasionally break the surface providing little or no seam movement and there was excessive and uneven bounce throughout the match.” In response to that, one Board official said: “We will take stock of the situation and decide.” As per the rules of the Governing Body of Cricket, the Board needed to lodge an appeal against the sanction in 14 days and they did the same.


Now, news have come out that the rating of the Indore pitch has changed from ‘Poor’ to ‘below Average’ after the appeal from the Indian Cricket Board. Even, demerit points got decreased to one from three. Hearing that, fans went crazy and shared their views on the social media platform. Some fans also claimed that it is only the power of the Indian Cricket Board that helped them to win the challenge against the Apex council of cricket. However, the former India cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar was not happy with the rating and demerit points on the Indore pitch. Gavaskar said: “I think 3 demerit points is a little harsh, because, in this pitch, yes the ball turned, but it was not dangerous.”  

Here are some tweets shared by fans regarding the news:

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