Sourav Ganguly Comes Harsh On The Johannesburg Pitch
By CricShots - Jan 25, 2018 6:48 am
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The third and the final Test between India and South Africa started on Wednesday in Johannesburg. On the first day itself, the pitch was looking like seamers paradise as the first day saw just 193 runs made with the fall of 11 wickets in total.

Indian batsmen had a tough time on Day 1 in Johannesburg

Talking about the pitch at the Wanderers, Johannesburg, the former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said that this kind of a pitch isn’t a good demonstration for Test cricket and raised some serious concerns regarding the same as well.

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Taking to Twitter, by tagging ICC, BCCI, Virat Kohli and a prominent television anchor, Sourav Tweeted, “To play test cricket on this surface is unfair …saw it in NZ in 2003 …batsmen have minimum chance ..ICC should look into it.”

The first day of the Test match was pretty disappointing for the batsmen as it had a generous helping of grass on the pitch. However, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli managed to score half-centuries but the rest of the Indian batsman, with the exception of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, struggled to get into double digits.

The South Africa batsmen also found it difficult to sustain as they battled for around half an hour but lost a wicket of Aiden Markram to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. India themselves went into the match with no specialist spinner in their ranks.

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At the same time, much of the replies that came Ganguly’s way were about why there aren’t such concerns raised when India dished out rank turners that favor their spinners and batsmen, who are generally more skilled to face spinners.

India had played a number of Test matches at home between December 2016 and 2017 and had lost just one among them all. The South Africa series is seen as the first big test for Kohli after taking over the captaincy reigns from MS Dhoni in all formats in January 2017.