Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

International Cricket Council (ICC) has given a ‘poor’ rating to the Holkar Stadium pitch in Indore following the completion of the third Test match between India and Australia in less than three days.

Both teams failed to cross the 200-run mark throughout the match on the spin-friendly track on which the ball started to turn square from the very first hour itself.

Eventually, the visitors won the match convincingly by nine wickets to script their first victory in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

As per reports, ICC match referee Chris Board slammed the track. Board called the track ‘very dry’ and termed it as non-supportive to provide balance between the bat and ball. The venue has received three demerit points from ICC.

Earlier, the pitches used for the first two Tests of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Nagpur and Delhi were given ‘average’ rating by ICC after Team India wrapped up both games within just three days.

There was much hue and cry about the Nagpur pitch even before the start of the series with several former Australian cricketers and experts alleging that the pitch has been ‘doctored’ to make it spin-friendly and conducive for the hosts. However, the visiting side scored 177 and 91 in both innings while India were able to score 400 in their only innings in the first Test in Nagpur.