27 November, 2020

Devil In The Dustbowl

We let the pitch get to us, but hey—I complained even when we were on top

Devil In The Dustbowl
There have been many angry reactions over the pitch in Mumbai, but there are an equal number of voices claiming that our team has been whining unnecessarily because we lost the final Test. To set the record straight, I complained about the pitch on the morning of the third day itself. We were very much in the box seat at that time, with a 99-run lead and our pace bowlers in deadly touch. I spoke to match referee Ranjan Madugalle about the wicket, letting him know my view that it was unsuitable for Test cricket. We went on to lose the Test, which is why we are being called whingers, but it's the pitch we are unhappy about, not the fact that India managed to pull one back.

I went to the match referee because I felt that such a pitch would sour the spirit in which both sides competed for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. We have been involved in some intense contests in the past four years, with more than one game being decided in the last session of the fifth day. That is the kind of cricket the world expects when India and Australia play each other in a Test series.

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