The last two Tests of the four-match Test series being played between India and England and then the five-match T20 series are to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera. The third Test match has been played at this ground, while the last Test of the series is scheduled to begin on March 4. All these matches are to be held on different pitches, whose soil is also completely different and this is a new trend in Indian cricket.
You will be surprised to know that a total of 11 pitches are made in the ground, out of which six are red pitches and five are made of black peppermint. The pitch used for the third test was composed of red clay, which was played against the pink ball. In such a situation, it was not surprising that the spinners would be helped from the very first day. This happened even when Akshar Patel and R Ashwin smacked England.
Parthiv Patel’s important role in Narendra Modi Stadium
The wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel, who has played for the Indian team for a long time, also has a role in it. When Patel first arrived at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow for the Duleep Trophy in 2017, the mix of strips there gave him a pleasant surprise. Generally, the ground has the same type of soil, but in Ekana, there were six types of red clay pitches and five types of black clay pitches.
At the same time, when Parthiv Patel returned to Ahmedabad after the conclusion of the Duleep Trophy, the stadium in Motera was undergoing renovation and he shared that idea with the local authorities. At the behest of him, a pitch made of different soils was constructed in the stadium. The Gujarat Cricket Association then approached Daljit Singh, the head of the BCCI’s Pitch and Grounds Committee, and floated the idea of making six red clay and five black clay pitches. The grounds of Indore and Baroda have also followed a similar pattern, although the number of pitches is different.
What’s different in Modi Stadium’s:
Speaking to news agency IANS, Daljit said, “Parthiv Ekana was impressed with the pitch format and he called me from Ahmedabad and asked me to assist in the preparation of pitches in Motera. That is why I have separated two in Ekana and then Motera. – Emphasized different clay pitches, as it helps state teams travel south or elsewhere, so that they can meet the conditions. ”
He added, “Also, if you look, Mahendra Singh Dhoni also once said that red clay should be used in India. Now a lot of Venue mixes are being tried. Initially, GCA was only a soil. Was planning for a limited number of pitches. This was later changed at the behest of Parthiv Patel. “