Most of us love to spend time watching cricket and football matches. However, there are not many who know a lot about a cricket ground or a football pitch, the components that play the biggest roles in making these games popular. In this article, we have discussed about the most important part of a cricket ground i.e. the pitch. The section below will educate you about different types of pitches, on which the game of cricket is played.
What Is a Cricket Pitch?
The term “pitch” is used for the strip of land on which batsmen bat and bowlers bowl. Cricket pitches are always rectangular in shape; they are 22 yards in length and 10 feet in width. Each of the slimmer ends of this rectangular surface has three cricket stumps placed on it. One widely used synonym of cricket pitch is “wicket”.
Cricket pitches can be of different types. They are either bowling friendly or batsmen friendly. However, there are also some wickets that support both bowlers and batsmen. The cricketing term used for pitches that support both bowlers and batsmen is “sporting wicket”. Read on to gather knowledge about the three main types of 22 yard strips used in cricket.
Dead pitches: The majority of the modern-day wickets are of this type, particularly the ones on which T20 and ODI matches are played. These pitches are batsmen friendly and do not have anything in them for the bowlers to exploit. Dead cricket wickets are dark brown or blackish brown in color and are extremely hard. They do not have any green grass on them. Rollers are used for taking out even the last drop of water from the layer of grass on dead wickets; this successfully prevents them from providing any help to the fast bowlers.
Dusty pitches: These pitches are found mostly in the subcontinent. Unlike the dead pitches, which are extremely hard, the dusty wickets are soft. This is because the people responsible for preparing the pitch do not roll in the clay properly. This pitch type offers great assistance to spin bowlers. Batsmen with great skills, however, do not find it difficult to score runs while playing on a dusty pitch.
Green pitches: If you are a batsman, you should prepare yourself well before playing a match on this type of cricket wicket. Fast bowlers, on the other hand, love bowling on these wickets. The green pitches are called so because they possess a layer of green grass around their good length area. When the ball lands on the layer of grass, it either moves away from batsman or into him; this creates a lot of problem for the batsman. Batsmen who can score fluently on these wickets on a regular basis are considered greats of the game.