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“That’s the meaning of home advantage. Else, just take it away,” says India’s opener

Rohit Sharma has a simple message to the experts, fans and everyone watching the game: debate performances and not pitches, because it’s the same for both sides – and the team that plays better, wins. The India opener never shies away from a chuckle or two at media conferences, and this time he reserved one for a question on the home advantage debate.

“I’ve never understood why it’s debated so much,” he said. “People keep talking about it, but the fact is this is how pitches in India have been for a long time. I don’t think anything should change. Everyone makes use of home advantage. When we go outside, no one thinks about us – so why should we think of others?

“We need to go with our team’s preference. That’s the meaning of home advantage. Else, just take it away. The ICC should come up with a uniform rule everywhere for pitches. When we go abroad, people make our life difficult. I don’t think pitches should be debated at all. Debates can be held on players, their performances, [and] how they are batting or bowling, but don’t debate pitches. Both teams play on the same pitch and whoever plays better wins.”

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