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My opinion on the pitch does not matter: Rahul Dravid

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Last updated on 07 Mar 2023 | 03:45 PM
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My opinion on the pitch does not matter: Rahul Dravid

The head coach also reckons that teams are looking to play on pitches that produce results with WTC points at stake

There has been a lot of talk about the pitches used for the ongoing India-Australia Test series. None of the three Tests have gone into Day Four with the Indore track also receiving a poor rating from the ICC. When asked to weigh on on the match referee's assessment, Rahul Dravid said that it does not matter if he agrees with him or not, but at the same time, did not find anything wrong with the Indore track.

"I won't go too much into it. The match referee is entitled to make his opinion, share his thoughts on the pitch. It doesn't matter whether I agree with his reading or not," Dravid said while addressing the media ahead of the fourth Test in Ahmedabad.

"With WTC points at stake, you are looking to play on wickets that produce results. Sometimes it can be difficult to get that balance perfectly right. That has happened not only in India but a lot of other places as well."

All the matches have been spin-friendly tracks with just one batter - Rohit Sharma - scoring a century while there have been just seven fifties. Dravid however believes adapting to the conditions and wickets will always be key.

"There's a lot of talk on the pitches all the time. It is the same for both teams. Sometimes it gets more challenging for bowlers, at times it will get more challenging for the batters. Whatever the wickets are we have to learn to play on them, we have to learn to adjust," the India head coach said. 

"We played on certain wickets overseas, in South Africa recently, where the spinners were taken out of the game. As I said, everyone is trying to produce wickets that will give results. That's natural."

Speaking of the Indore Test, Dravid reckons another 60-70 runs would have made the difference.

"109 was a bit low. If we had scored 60-70 more runs then the things could have been different. And We also I think gave away a few more runs to them in the first innings. We have played good cricket in this series, we have to repeat our performances in the first two Tests," Dravid said.

After going 2-0 down Australia bounced back to win the Indore Test by nine wickets top pull one back. They have made it to the World Test Championship (WTC) final as a result. India too can make it to the summit clash with a win in Ahmedabad.

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