Former Australian captain Ian Chapell said that there was nothing wrong with the Nagpur pitch. The Indian team defeated South Africa inside three days by 124 runs in the third test match.
“With controversy surrounding the surfaces prepared for Test matches in Nagpur and Adelaide, it’s time to ask the question: is it the pitches or the performers who are responsible for Test matches being over in the blink of an eye?” Chappell wrote in a column which appeared in ‘Cricinfo’.
“Ravi Shastri, the Indian team director, quite rightly made the point that if the ICC was investigating the surface in Nagpur, then why wasn’t a similar forensic examination being conducted on the Adelaide pitch, where the match was completed in a similarly short time frame?” said Chappell.
“A good batsman prides himself on his ability to prosper under any conditions, enjoying whatever challenge is presented. Why should a pitch that spins on the opening day be deemed worse than one that seams first up?” asked the 72-year-old Chappell who played for Australia in 75 Tests between 1964 and 1980.
“That brings us to the question: What is a good pitch? A good pitch is one that provides a contest between bat and ball and hopefully a close finish. That means a good pitch can vary from region to region. In some places the surface will suit faster bowlers and in others, it will favour spinners,” added Chappell.
“There’s certainly a need for an investigation but it should be looking at how cricket is evolving and what is the best way for the game to progress. It’s time to start looking at the players and stop blaming the curators.”
Ian Chapell felt that the South African team lacked the technique to cope with the spinning pitches and that’s why visitors lost the series 0-3.
“Both teams have to play on a Test pitch and it’s not the curator’s fault if one side is either technically unable to cope or is beaten before a ball is delivered,” he said.