Sachin Tendulkar on Perth pitch: The legendary cricketer was seen advocating for lively wickets for the betterment of Test cricket.
The Perth wicket for the second Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia has received a lot of opinions in the recent times. The surprising part about the same is that while some people have spoken in support of such pitches, the others have said of the otherwise.
It all started after ICC’s report regarding the Perth wicket saw it being rated as ‘average’.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 21, 2018
A wicket which had witnessed an engrossing battle between the bat and ball for five days being rated as average seemed to have not gone well with former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who was involved in an elongated argument with former India opening batsman Aakash Chopra regarding the same.
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar also took to his Twitter account to share his opinion regarding the same. Tendulkar called for more of such pitches for Test matches, saying that it was by no means ‘average’.
Pitches play a crucial role, especially in Test cricket. In order to revive Test cricket and generate excitement, we need to provide more pitches like the one at Perth, where the skills of batsmen and bowlers are truly TESTed. This pitch was by no means “Average”.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 23, 2018
Tendulkar’s comments went well with Johnson and former England captain Michael Vaughan, both of whom retweeted Tendulkar’s tweet saying that they agree with the legendary cricketer’s views.
I agree 👏🏼 https://t.co/GRhZQUvJSw
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 23, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 23, 2018
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Perth’s wicket below:
Is Test Cricket struggling? I can’t remember more of a buzz about it than the last 6 months. Our series against 🇮🇳, 🇱🇰. 🇦🇺 vs 🇮🇳 Huge interest
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) December 22, 2018
Bit perplexed by the decision to award the lowest pass rating to the Perth pitch. Khawaja and Paine batted through the 1st session on day 4. Some balls misbehaved but it wasn’t an ugly wicket. Madugalle is a top referee so would be keen to hear the reason behind it.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 23, 2018
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 23, 2018
“It was a bit disappointing to see Perth pitch being rated average. I thought it was a fantastic battle between bat and ball, which is what you want in Test cricket.”
— cricketnext (@cricketnext) December 23, 2018
Thanks to the Perth pitch for deviating the media from Kohli’s aggression for a couple of days! 😴
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) December 23, 2018
I see Perth pitch was rated average by ICC. Given that it was the most entertaining Test I’ve ever seen on a drop-in pitch and the MCG absolute road last year was rated poor, I’m not sure how curators can win #AUSvIND
— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) December 21, 2018