IND vs ENG: Motera Follows Latest Indian Trend Of Mix Of Pitches
The reconstructed Narendra Modi Stadium here at Motera, which is hosting the last two Tests of the four-match series between India and England and the subsequent T20 International series, is following a new trend in Indian cricket grounds of preparing pitches with two different types of soil.
The ground has six red soil pitches and five black soil pitches. The one used for the third Test was a red soil pitch and it came as no surprise that it helped the spinners early on the first day itself after it was left to dry.
Former India and Gujarat player Parthiv Patel has a role to play in this. When Patel first stepped onto the field of the Ekana cricket stadium in Lucknow in 2017 for a Duleep Trophy game, the mix of strips there gave him a pleasant surprise.
Generally, the trend until then was to have pitches of the same soil in one ground. But at Ekana, there were six red soil pitches and five black soil turfs. Patel, after finishing that Duleep Trophy tournament, flew back to Ahmedabad and while the stadium at Motera was being reconstructed, he relayed that idea to the local authorities.
The Gujarat cricket body then contacted then BCCI Pitches and Grounds Committee head Daljeet Singh and the idea to have six red soil and five black soil pitches was put to effect.