It was only Day 1 of the Indore Test when the Indore pitch created debate. The Indore surface took many by surprise as the ball started turning from the beginning. Meanwhile, Matthew Hayden, who was doing commentary, went on a rant, expressing his displeasure, stating how the pitch is not ideal for Test cricket. Notably, on Day 1 and Day 2, 14 and 16 wickets fell respectively as well. Meanwhile, amid this, former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly came up with a rather interesting comment as well.
“See what happens at the end of the Test,” Ganguly told a bunch of reporters on the sidelines of an event in Kolkata.
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After the game, Rohit Sharma said: “When you lose a Test match, there are a lot of things which didn’t go our way, to start with we didn’t bat well in the 1st innings, we understand how important it is to put runs on the board in the 1st innings and when they got 80-90 runs lead, we had to produce another innings with the bat but we were not able to do that again. We got just 75 on the board, if we batted well in the 1st innings, things would have been slightly different. We haven’t thought about it yet (WCT final), we have sometime to think about what we need to do there (Ahmedabad Test). We need to regroup and try and understand what we did right in the first 2 games. We need to understand, no matter what the pitches are, you gotta come out and do the job. We need to keep it simple and follow the plan.”
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“When you are playing on challenging pitches, we need to be brave. We allowed their bowlers to bowl on one particular spot. Not taking any credit away from their bowlers. especially Nathan Lyon, he kept challenging us hitting the right lengths. When the bowler is trying to do that, gotta be a little brave which I thought we were not. Things happen like that, but we can take a lot of credit about how we batted in the first 2 games. Its all about everyone coming together and chipping in. We want few guys stand up and put their hand up to take the team through. You will falter in your plans and that’s what happened in this game, we didn’t adapt as well as we would have liked to,” he concluded.