The state of the pitch at Nagpur attracted a lot of criticism as the batsmen found it cumbersome to score runs in the third test between India and South Africa. As the game ended in three days, cricketing pundits across the globe slammed the Nagpur wicket and also the tactics used by the home side.
To those, India’s team director Ravi Shastri responded in his own style and said, “Nothing wrong with the Nagpur pitch. I would hope the one in Delhi is absolutely the same. I have no qualms about it. It just goes to show that with the amount of one-day cricket being played, the tendency to graft, the tendency to spend long hours at the crease is diminishing. It’s only when you play on tracks like this that you realise that you got to spend time at the crease,” said Shastri.
Former Australian cricketer Rodney Hogg got into the heated debate about the Nagpur pitch, with his tweets. Hogg went on to openly ask Ashwin to look in the mirror and indirectly mocked him by mentioning that the wickets were too supportive for the spinners. To this, Ashwin tweeted in style and asked Hogg to share the mirror with him or get another one.
It was a classic reply from Ashwin, who definitely silenced his critic on social media. Below, are the tweets between Hogg and Ashwin.
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) November 30, 2015