Former Indian all-rounder –Mohinder Amarnath, on Wednesday, urged Sport’s governing body (ICC) to keep close eyes into the type of pitches prepared for matches after Wanderers track criticized for being heavily assisting the bowlers due to big cracks and inconsistent bounce.
In his column for Times of India, Amarnath wrote, “With a little luck in the earlier games, India might have won the series. The pitches right through the series were not really great for international cricket and I think the ICC should look into the type of pitches used, not only in this, but in all series, to ensure that the pitches are of a good nature so that one can get a good five days of cricket.”
He went to further added that the Indian batsmen need to follow Captain Virat Kohli, as he believes that if the Men in Blues want to succeed overseas then they need to be aggressive and positive.
Former all-rounder further wrote, “I was always sure about the bowlers doing well; it's the batting that was going to be challenged. The batsmen need to take a leaf out of Virat's book, and apply themselves the way he did. He was the standout player for me, a class apart, showing temperament, technique, and spirit, and that aggression is the best defence on difficult tracks and against some really good fast bowling. This is how the rest have to go about the game: play their shots, score runs or things are not going to work. Aggression and positivity are the two things needed to do well abroad.”
Amarnath is also confident that India will do better in the 6-match One Day International series, starting tomorrow at Durban.
The 67-year-old signed off by saying, “They are a fantastic one-day side, and they've shown that around the world. The white ball makes all the difference, and I'm sure the wickets will be pretty good. There isn't much difference between the two sides, but I still feel that India have the edge. They have a good all-round side and I'm hoping they will do well in the one-dayers.”