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How to read a Cricket pitch: 5 Tips to take good decisions

How to read and understand a cricket pitch. We are going to share few tips and tricks with all cricket lovers.

How to read a cricket pitch and take a decision after winning a toss is as important as winning a match.  Frankly speaking, we don’t care when we play gully cricket and some local matches around but at a good level it matters a lot what you decide after winning a toss in a cricket match. Before we go ahead we will discuss type of pitches in cricket for better understanding.

A cricket pitch is classified mainly under 3 types; Dry and Hard, Dusty and Green Pitch.

 Dry And Hard Pitch: We do not get any moisture and cracks on such pitches. It is nice and hard. These types of pitches also known as a “flat pitch” or a “flat track”. In many part of India it is also called “PATA WICKET.” Ideal for batting because bowlers don’t get that much of swing and spin.

dry and hard pitch

Dry and Hard pitch

Dusty Pitch: Such pitches have a presence of cracks and loose soil and sometimes footmarks on the pitch. These types of pitches support spin as pitches don’t last long and tend to wear out faster.


Dusty Pitch

Green Pitch:  A pitch with a decent amount of green grass on it which is mostly favourable for fast and swing bowlers. Green grass allows the bowlers to swing the ball and test the real capabilities of a batsman.


take decision with the pitch

Green Pitch

Now you won the toss and it is time to take the decision. But before you take the decision you need to check the amount of grass, moisture content, and the hardness of a pitch. We talked about types of pitches now in order to decide whether to bat or ball first, you need to check on the given factors.

1. Presence of Grass: If a pitch has a presence of grass, it is more likely to favour the bowlers since they get more pace and balls skits on the grassy wickets. But here you need to be extra careful when you check the colour of the grass. If pitch has green grass then it might have some moisture as green grass tend to hold moisture for sometimes and going with the bowl first can be beneficial. And if the grass is straw coloured, it is a signal that the pitch must be dry.

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2. Presence of Moisture/Dampness: Now don’t get confused here. Dampness over the pitch simply indicates slower wicket. Batsman has to be more careful with his shots as ball reaches to him little slower as compare to bowlers speed. Slow scoring or low scoring matches can be the results of such pitches.

3. How hard is the Pitch: As we earlier discussed this kind of pitches is the most ideal pitches for batting and matches on these pitches often end with the high scoring matches. Bowlers don’t get swings as compare to grassy pitches. Best way to check the hardness of cricket pitch is by using a key and pressing it on the pitch. If the key did not penetrate the surface then we can considered a pitch. The key method made famous by Tony Greig. We call such pitches flat wicket or patta wicket.

4. Rain factor: Rain also plays vital role in cricket match. Though pitches mostly covered with the pitch cover and does not let affect the pitch but still there are some matches which is totally changed due to previous day’s or night’s rain. New Zealand vs India 1st Semi-final 2019  was one of the best example of it. New Zealand scored 239 but match abandoned due to rain and postponed for the next day. Many expert predicted that chasing down 239 on the next day would not be that easy for India. Rest is the history.

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5. Cracks and Footmarks on the Pitch: Many Skippers do not give focus on footmarks and the level of cracks on the pitch. But it can play a game changing role specially in days or test matches. When footmarks becomes more prominent and cracks become loose the pitch starts favouring spin bowlers. India Vs England test series Mar 2021 will be remembered for its spinners performances. Just check the Scorecard of India vs England 3rd Test match at Ahmedabad.

6. Past Performance of the pitch: In most cases, if you have been regular to a pitch then past performances of the pitch may give you an idea. You only need to check the moisture factor on that particular day.





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Comments (6)

  1. Shreyas Saklani


    Very useful information and wonderful insight on cricket pitches, will sure help a lot.

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