IND vs NZ World Cup 2023: The Indian team made its place in the final of the World Cup (ICC Cricket World Cup 2023) for the fourth time with a 70-run victory over New Zealand in the first semi-final on Wednesday in Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai). The team led by Rohit Sharma is just one win away from becoming world champion. After the victory over New Zealand, great batsman Sunil Gavaskar targeted those who are accusing him of changing the pitch. Actually, the controversy had arisen even before the start of the India and New Zealand semi-final (IND vs NZ), the reason was the pitch of Wankhede. Some reports had claimed that the host team has changed the pitch of Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium to help its spinners.
According to the report, a new deck was prepared for the match, but the match was played on the pitch previously played in the World Cup. Gavaskar expressed anger over the rumors and rejected any such suggestions. He said that all those who are talking about changing the pitch are fools. Just stop now. Stop blaming the Indian team. Be it to bring people’s attention towards themselves or for anything else, many things have been said. all this rubbish. The pitch was the same and although the pitch may have been changed, it was before the toss for both the teams. It was not changed in the middle of the innings. It was not changed after the toss. If you are a good team, you play on that pitch and you win. India has done this. So stop talking about pitches. He said that the second semi-final has not even happened yet and he is already talking about Ahmedabad. He is talking that the pitch is being changed in Ahmedabad also.
Earlier, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had issued a statement regarding the entire incident. Changes in pitch rotation are common and have happened many times before. The ICC said that this change has been made on the recommendation of the venue curator along with our host. The ICC also said that its independent pitch consultant Andy Atkinson was aware of the change. The ICC’s independent pitch consultant was informed about the change and has no reason to believe the pitch will not play well. According to the ICC’s playing conditions for the World Cup, the host association is ‘responsible for the selection and preparation of the pitch’ and it is not necessary that the knockout matches be played on fresh pitches.
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