India vs Australia: Perth pitch was by no means ‘average’, says Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar has joined a host of former players in slamming the ICC for giving an ‘average’ rating to the Perth Stadium pitch, which hosted the second India vs Australia Test.

Match referee Ranjan Madugalle had rated the pitch at Perth Stadium as ‘average’.   -  afp

India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday joined a host of former players in slamming the ICC for giving an ‘average’ rating to the Perth Stadium pitch, which hosted India’s second Test against Australia.

“Pitches play a crucial role, especially in Test cricket. In order to revive Test cricket and generate excitement, we need to provide more pitches like the one at Perth, where the skills of batsmen and bowlers are truly TESTed,” he wrote on his official Twitter handle.

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"This pitch was by no means “Average“,” said the 45-year-old former batsman, who retired in 2013 after playing 200 Tests with 15921 runs and 51 centuries.

 

Match referee Ranjan Madugalle had rated the pitch at Perth Stadium as ‘average’, the lowest pass mark provided by the ICC when it assesses the pitch and outfield of Test grounds.

Australia had defeated India by 146 runs on the fifth and final day of the second Test.