The International Cricket council (ICC) did not do much with Nagpur pitch which was termed “poor” by match Jeff Crowe referee in his post match report of the India versus south Africa Test. India had won the match inside three days. ICC in its press release stated, it “has been given official warning under the ICC Pitch Monitoring process”.
The sanction took into consideration the fact that there had been no concerns about the performance of the pitch after any of the other international matches played at this venue.
In reaching the verdict, the ICC agreed with the “poor” rating given to the pitch by Jeff Crowe, the match referee for the Nagpur Test played from 25-27 November, who observed that the pitch did not allow a fair contest between bat and the ball.
The finding was made by ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and ICC chief match referee, Ranjan Madugalle, after watching footage of the match, reviewing the post-match reports from Mr Crowe and considering the response provided by the BCCI.
India won the match by 124 runs. Batting first India scored 215. But, Indian spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin had taken 5 and 4 wickets respectively to bundle out South Africa for the lowest Test score on Indian soil. South Africa bowled out for 79.
The highest score in the match was 40, scored by Murali vijay. South Africa lost the series 3-0 that eneded their nine-year-old undefeatble away sereis record.
Ashwin has taken 31 wickets while Jadeja has grabbed 23 wickets in the series. Ajinkya Rahane was the only batsman who scored hundred in the series. In the Delhi Test Rahane become the fifth Indian batsman to score hundred in both innings.
Earlier in the “Gandhi-Mandel” Freedom series, South Africa had won both Twenty20 series 2-0 and ODI series 3-1.
The series was Virat Kohli first at home and third overall. Two consecutive series victory helped India to grab the second spot in the ICC Test ranking.