Ahmedabad: India batsman Rohit Sharma confirmed that the visiting England team can expect " a turning pitch" for the third Test match that starts later in the week in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in western India.
Speaking to media on Sunday, Sharma - whose brilliant century paved the way for India's win in the second Test - said he does not understand the debate surrounding pitches.
Sharma, speaking in Hindi, said, "In India, pitches have always been prepared this way for a long time. I don't think there has been any change or there should be any change (to making a different kind of pitches). Everyone takes advantage of their home (conditions). When we go abroad, it is the same thing that happens there as well. Nobody thinks of doing anything for us in particular or any such things, so why should we think of anyone else?"
The first two Test matches were played at the Chepauk ground in Chennai, in southern India, with England winning the first game and India winning the second.
When Rohit was asked about the nature of the Motera pitch, India's limited-overs vice-captain said, "It looks a very good stadium, and I can't wait to see when you know the spectators, the fans come around the stadium and watch the pink-ball Test match. It is going to be, it's going to be great. And as far as the pitch is concerned, you know, it's still early days to talk about the pitch, but I don't see any anything changing in the pitch."
Rohit also said that the Motera pitch is going to be "more or less same" to Chepauq.
"What we played in the second Test match, it's going to be more, more or less, more or less going to be on the same page. It's going to be, it's going to be turning as well. So, yes, we are preparing according to that. And let's see when the day comes, we need to still assess the pitch and what it is doing, because it's been a while since international game has happening on the ground. So we need to still assess what it is going to be like," Rohit further said.
The third Test will be played at the Sardar Patel Stadium that last hosted an international match in 2014. The renovated stadium has a capacity of 110,000 and will become the largest cricket ground in the world.