“Poor” Nagpur pitch turns out to be expensive for both India and South Africa
The International Cricket Council match referee may fine BCCI of up to £9,950 after the pitch used for the 3rd Test against South Africa in Nagpur was termed “poor”.
Forty wickets fell in 3 days with no batsmen’s individual score crossing the half-century mark as India beat South Africa by a wide margin of 124 runs at the VCA stadium, Nagpur.
The report regarding the pitch has been sent to the BCCI, for which the managing body has 14 days to respond. ICC general manager of cricket Geoff Allardice and chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle will then rule the pitch, that whether it can be termed “poor” and if it is worth imposing a penalty on.
South Africa, ranked the best Test team in the world, also saw their fairy-tale run of 9-year away Test series unbeaten record being broken by the Indians as the home team went on to lead the 4 match series, 2-0 with just one Test left to play.
Another interesting fact came to the picture when it was recalled that the president for both the cricket governing councils had Shashank Manohar in one of their major organizational hierarchy position (President for BCCI; Chairman for ICC).
The South African side were left completely devastated after the Nagpur Test debacle got over. While visiting captain Hashim Amla said that it was one of the “toughest” pitches that he had played on, the same team’s assistant coach Adrian Birrell refused to blame the controversial pitch for their series’ defeat. “We’re not complaining at all,” he said. “We’re playing in India and we’re playing in Indian conditions. We relish the opportunity. Unfortunately, we’ve not played to our full potential.”
The Test also marked the first time a batsmen failed to cross 50-run mark in a Test match played in India with Murali Vijay’s individual score of 40 coming closest.
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