Sachin Tendulkar believes that the use of a green top in the first innings and a turner in the second will nullify the toss factor © Getty Images
Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has suggested that every Ranji Trophy game should be played on two different pitches to prepare a better Test team for overseas assignments.
He also suggested bilateral Test series could be made engaging, by having back-to-back home-and-away rubbers so that the strength of two teams remains mostly constant but the varying conditions pose a bigger challenge.
“I have thought a lot about neutral venues in Ranji Trophy (which is being experimented this season),” Tendulkar said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in Delhi.
“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 swing early. Think about a young Ranji batsman playing with SG Test ball in India and then facing difficulty overseas.
“Let us have the first innings on a green top with kookaburra balls, which would give openers a challenge. Even the bowlers will have something. Our spinners will also learn how to bowl with the kookaburra on green tops.
“Now let there be a pitch adjacent to the green top which would be a rank turner. Now the second innings will be played on that track with the SG Test ball which would also help our batsmen play against quality spin bowling. We have been too focussed on playing pace in overseas conditions but we should not forget how to play spin bowling.
Tendulkar felt the use of two different pitches and two different balls would nullify the toss factor.
“A captain would start thinking that winning the toss will give him only 10 percent advantage that is his right to choose first,” he said. “But if he chooses to bowl on green top he should remember that he would need to bat on a turner in the fourth innings.”
Source: ESPN Crickinfo