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'Never To Be Played Again': Star Indian All-rounder Takes A Brutal Dig At NY Pitch and ICC

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (x)Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (x)

India had an impressive start to their T20 World Cup 2024 campaign with a commanding victory over Ireland by 8 wickets at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York . 

Electing to bowl first, the Indian bowlers put on a spectacular display, and restricted Ireland to a modest total of 96 runs. The Indian team then chased down the target efficiently, reaching it within 13 overs.

One of the key talking points from the match was the behaviour of the pitch. It exhibited unusual characteristics, including extraordinary bounce, which caused difficulties for players from both teams. 

This unpredictable pitch condition not only made scoring challenging but also posed a physical risk to the players, leading to some getting hurt. 

Irfan Pathan Talks About The Pitch After IND Vs IRE

After the match, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan expressed his confusion regarding the pitch conditions. The pitch exhibited unusual behaviour, with the ball frequently bounced unpredictably high from a good length. 

This erratic bounce resulted in several batters from both teams being struck on their arms and elbows, which made it challenging for them to handle the deliveries effectively.

“Look, we definitely want to promote cricket in America, but this pitch is not safe for players. If we had a pitch like this in India, a match would never be played there again for a very long time. This pitch is definitely not good. I mean, we are talking about the World Cup here, not even a bilateral series,” Irfan Pathan said on Star Sports. 

Indian captain and opener Rohit Sharma faced challenges with the unusual bounce of the pitch but managed to score an impressive 52 runs off 37 balls. Unfortunately, after reaching his half-century, Rohit was struck on the shoulder by a bouncer from Mark Adair. 

This incident occurred on the last ball of the 10th over, which led to Rohit being officially declared 'Retired Hurt' and he returned to the pavilion for medical attention.

Wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant, who is making his comeback to cricket after the dangerous car accident, was also seen in some pain as the ball bounced unevenly and struck his elbow. The dynamic batter played an impressive knock and scored 36* runs in 26 balls.