ICC announces big decision on World Cup final, all Indians will be surprised to hear this!
PC: The Indian Express
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rated the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium, where the ODI World Cup final between India and Australia was played on November 19, as average. Helloween match referee and former Zimbabwe batsman Andy Pycroft has described the outfield of the ground as good.
ICC in its report has highlighted that the pitch on which the final match was played was quite slow, which resulted in Australia defeating India by six wickets. India had scored only 240 runs in the first 50 overs, while Australia achieved the target in 43 overs, with opener Travis Head playing a brilliant inning of 137 runs off 120 balls.
The ICC has reported that the pitches in the matches played in Kolkata, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, and Chennai, in which India played against South Africa, England, Pakistan, and Australia, have also been rated as average.
India also gave a good rating to the Wankhede Stadium pitch in the semi-final, on which the match was played against New Zealand. Earlier, media reports had suggested that India had changed the pitch, and the match was played on a new pitch instead of the one used earlier.
The ICC has also rated the pitch at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, on which the second semi-final between Australia and South Africa was played, as average. In this match, Australia bowled out South Africa for 212 runs in 49.4 overs, and Australia achieved the target by taking seven wickets in 47.2 overs.
This World Cup tournament has been a memorable one for the Indian team, which won all the first 10 matches but lost in the final. Against India, opening batsman Travis Head, match referee and former bowler Javagal Srinath have praised the outfield.