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Ranchi pitch unveils its mystery: Will it spin or offer batting paradise?

Ranchi pitch unveils its mystery: Will it spin or offer batting paradise?

Only time will tell the real story of the Ranchi pitch. But one thing's certain: the stage is set for an intriguing battle, where the pitch itself plays a pivotal role in the outcome of the Test.

India vs England 4th Test (IND vs ENG): Ahead of the fourth Test in Ranchi, a curious scene unfolded. England’s batters, led by Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, meticulously inspected the pitch, raising questions about its nature. Why the scrutiny?

Their concern stemmed from the Ranchi pitch’s dual personality. One half resembled a dusty landscape, while the other boasted bald patches with “platey” cracks. This unevenness fueled England’s fear of a “spiteful turner,” especially due to the absence of India’s pace ace, Jasprit Bumrah.

Ranchi Pitch for India vs England 4th Test

However, Ranchi’s past holds a different story. In 2017, Australia’s initial apprehension about the dark, “fearfully” cracked pitch proved unfounded as it played fairly, offering a draw. The secret lies in the black soil – slow to respond and less vicious than red-soil pitches.

England’s Pope acknowledges the turn factor, stating, “You expect the ball to turn in India,” but the crucial question remains: when and how much? He even admitted that a genuine turner wouldn’t elicit complaints, hinting at an acceptance of potentially challenging conditions.

IND vs ENG 4th Test: India turners

But turners can be a double-edged sword. Earlier this year, India fell prey to Australia on a similar surface. Thus, the pitch retains its element of mystery.

Adding to the intrigue, coach Rahul Dravid’s attentive examination of the pitch and subsequent instructions to cover it fueled further speculation. Has he decided to unleash a turning track, or will it offer a batting paradise?

Only time will tell the real story of the Ranchi pitch. But one thing’s certain: the stage is set for an intriguing battle, where the pitch itself plays a pivotal role in the outcome of the Test.

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