Sanjay Manjrekar told, if there was a pair of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri then what would be the pitch
Sanjay Manjrekar has claimed that if Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri were the pair in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, then the pitch would have turned the ball from day one and this would have put a lot of pressure on the Australian team.
Former Team India batsman and cricket expert Sanjay Manjrekar has claimed that if there was a pair of captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, then a turning track would have been prepared in the first match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Nagpur, on which the ball would turn from day one. Would have been Now the captain of Team India is Rohit Sharma and the coach is Rahul Dravid, whose thinking may be different.
Regarding this, Sanjay Manjrekar said on Cricinfo, “Considering that there is a lot of talk about this series and there is so much respect for the Australian team, India always wanted pitches that took turns from day one. This made their work very difficult.” Would have been easier. If it was Virat and Ravi, it would definitely have been rank-turners, pitches that would have changed from the first session. What kind of approach this management will take, I am not sure, but we have to brace ourselves for those pitches. Should be prepared which will change from day one.”
Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri’s time in Test cricket was quite successful. India had success everywhere. Especially on home soil, the Indian team looked invincible. Even Team India’s former head coach Ravi Shastri recently said that he wants pitches that offer turn from day one and this will put the visiting Australia team under pressure.
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Manjrekar has also admitted that adopting an England-like approach for Australia can create problems. “The big difference between the pitches in Pakistan and India is turn, which is a big factor for visiting teams. That’s the history of all the touring teams that come to India, they’ve just struggled to survive, score quick runs and get runs,” he said. Forget scoring runs. Even when Pakistan played in the UAE, those pitches gave the opposition a chance to put runs on the board.”