Watch: Irfan Pathan shares a clip to explain drop-in pitch in New Zealand


Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket is now busy commentating in international games. He is currently in New Zealand as part of the commentary panel of the ongoing five-match T20I series between the hosts New Zealand and India.

Irfan-Pathan-broadcasterIrfan posted a video on his Instagram handle along with New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult as the two along with Star Sports anchor Jatin Sapru jumped from the famous sky tower. And on Sunday morning, Pathan posted a video in which he was seen describing the details about a drop-in pitch with the help of ground staff at the Eden Park in Auckland.

A drop-in pitch is a pitch created away from the ground or venue hosting the match before being ‘dropped’ inside the stadium. Perth’s famous WACA Stadium was the first-ever venue to use a drop-in pitch. The drop-in pitch has several advantages over the traditional pitches.

Among the advantages, one of those is the multi-purpose use of a stadium in which it is being utilized. The drop-in pitch allows a cricket venue to be used for other sporting events and musical concerts. Rightfully, Auckland’s Eden Park is used not only for cricket. It is also used for Rugby and many other purposes. These pitches can be modified at any stage.Irfan Pathan

Pathan introduced his viewers and explained the drop-in pitch in detail. He also showed the pitch which was outside the stadium and is set to be placed in the ground later.

Meanwhile, the all-rounder ended his international career after playing 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is for India. He has been an integral part of the Indian side during the Sourav Ganguly era. He has picked up exactly 100 wickets in the longer format of the game while he picked 173 wickets in the ODIs.

Drop in pitch. Special insite for the fans to know from the wonderful stadium @edenparknz @nicksautner,” he captioned the video.