IND vs SA: Rohit Sharma Call Outs ICC For Double Standards Following Pitch Ratings After India Beat South Africa In 2nd Test Rohit Sharma became the first Asian captain to win a Test in Cape Town.

Team India captain Rohit Sharma came out asking ICC match officials to take a more “neutral” approach on pitch ratings outside the Indian sub-continent. After India defeated South Africa in Cape Town to share the Test series 1-1 Rohit spoke about the this topic. The match created history becoming the shortest ever Test match on a bouncy Newlands track.India beat South Africa by seven wickets in a match that lasted only 106.2 overs, beating an 92-year-record when Australia took a total of just over 109 overs to beat the Proteas at MCG back in 1932.

For Indian captain, who carried a bright red swelling on his right bicep after being hit by a mean bouncer, said, he is all for spicy tracks overseas but only if people don’t take a hypocritical approach when pitch starts offering turn from first hour on day one. (Team India, South Africa Play Shortest Test Match In 147-Year History: Check List Of All Matches)

“We all saw what happened in this Test and how the pitch played. I honestly don’t mind playing on pitches like these. As long as everyone keeps their mouth shut when they come to India.”Yes, it is dangerous, it is challenging. When they come to India, it’s challenging as well,” Rohit’s reply to a PTI query was as attacking as his batting.

He believes that it is high time that people start realising that every country has its own character as far as pitches are concerned. (Jasprit Bumrah Gets Inches Close To Kapil Dev’s Elite Overseas Record)

“When you’re here to play Test cricket, you talk about Test cricket the ultimate prize and pinnacle, and then you should stand by it. You should come and face it. In India, day one the pitch starts turning, they keep talking about of ‘puff of dust, puff of dust’. Here there were cracks,” the skipper didn’t seem one bit amused.

Former England opener Chris Broad was the ICC match referee for the two-Test series and Rohit believes that global body’s empanelled referees should be “neutral”.

“It’s important to stay neutral, especially the match referees. Some of the match referees need to keep their eyes on how they rate pitches,” the skipper was unusually aggressive.

ICC match referee Andy Pycroft’s “average” rating for pitch used for the ODI World Cup final in Ahmedabad also did not go down well with Rohit and Co.“I still can’t believe the World Cup final pitch was rated ‘below average’ (average actually). How can that be a poor pitch?” he asked.

“The ICC and the referees need to start looking into it. Rate pitches based on how they see it and not based on countries (hosting). I am all for pitches like these (like the one at Newlands). We pride ourselves playing on pitches like these, all I want to say is be neutral.”

The amount of mistrust for some of the select match officials was evident when Rohit sarcastically said that he would love to know about the parametres match referees use to rate pitches. (EXPLAINED: What Are The Amendments Done By ICC On Stumping And Concussion Substitute Rule)

“I would like to see the how the pitch has been rated. I want to see it now. I want to see the chart, how they rate pitches. Clearly, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Cape Town, Centurion, all are different. Pitches deteriorate fast, overhead conditions are different. If the ball seams from ball one, that’s okay, but if the ball starts turning…. If the ball starts turning, they don’t like it. If you want the ball only to seam and not turn, it’s wrong,” Rohit called out the critics of rank turners.

“I have seen enough of cricket now. I have seen enough of how these match referees looks into these ratings, I have no issues with how they want to note, they have to be neutral,” he kept the ball straight in ICC’s court. (With PTI inputs)

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