Tendulkar proposes using two different pitches for every Ranji Trophy game

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New Delhi, December 3
Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian batting legend, left behind a trail of magnificent performances over a career spanning close to 24 years. The 43-year-old, who made his Test debut as a teenager in the Karachi Test against Pakistan in November 1989, holds an ensemble of batting records, including most career runs in both One-Day Internationals and Tests and he is also the only cricketer to notch 100 international centuries. The batting maestro shared his views on a range of subjects related to cricket at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, held on Saturday (December 3). One of the key points that he touched upon during the summit was to suggest that a Ranji Trophy game could be played on two separate pitches in order to bridge the gap between domestic cricket and international cricket. He pointed out that by embracing the radical change, young cricketers could learn to adjust to different climes outside Asia. Incidentally, in an attempt to reinvent Ranji Trophy, matches have been played at neutral venues this year. “I have thought a lot about neutral venues in Ranji Trophy (which is being experimented this season). I have a suggestion which can be radical. When we go to places like Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa, we play with Kookaburra balls which swings early. Think about a young Ranji batsman playing with SG Test in India and then facing difficulty overseas,” Tendulkar said. Tendulkar expanded his view by stating that the first innings could be played on a green top, with the second innings played on a track, assisting the spinners. He observed that it would help both bowlers and batsmen to become well-rounded cricketers. Incidentally, Anurag Thakur, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) president, was among the audience at the summit. “Let us have the first innings on a green top with Kookaburra balls which would give openers a challenge. Even bowlers will have something. Our spinners will also learn how to bowl with Kookaburra on Green tops,” Tendulkar explained.

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