Fans are expressing discontent with the BCCI for choosing a ‘slow pitch’ at the Narendra Modi Stadium for the World Cup Final between India and Australia.
Fans expressed their disappointment after India’s defeat by Australia in the World Cup 2023 Final, which took place on Sunday. They criticised the officials. Board of Control for Cricket BCCI in India for selecting a slow and worn pitch for the crucial game at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. The pitch that was used in the final is the same pitch that India played Pakistan in a League stage. This pitch had also been criticized for its lackluster pace.
The decision of the Indian board to stick with the same pitch has reignited criticism, resulting in anger from netizens. Below are the reactions of fans.
Not the first time, BCCI is under fire for pitches
During the semi-final World Cup match between India and New Zealand, in Mumbai, there were concerns raised about the pitch. Initially, Andy Atkinson, ICC consultant, recommended pitch number seven to be used for crucial matches.
A last-minute change was made to the pitch. Instead, pitch number six was chosen, which had previously been used for England-South Africa matches and India-Sri Lanka games. The problem was quickly resolved when a batting surface was created at the Wankhede Stadium.
Men In Blue continue to be unable to win ICC trophies despite their dominance in the ICC World Cup. Their last triumph came in the Champions Trophy in England in 2013, led by MS Dhoni, their former captain.
In 2023, they had two opportunities to break the drought – first in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final against Australia and now in the ICC World Cup 2023 against the same opponent. Unfortunately, they failed to win these crucial matches.