Former Indian cricketer and a legend in his own space, Sunil Gavaskar, gave some insights about what is to be expected during the 3rd and final Test match between India and South Africa. Speaking about the Wanderers ground, Gavaskar said that the stadium is infamously known as the ‘Bullring’, as it has one of the bounciest and spiciest pitches in South Africa.
Adding to the logic, Gavaskar said that even the crowd present at the Wanderers is renowned for being extremely vocal against the visiting teams, something which the Indian team should expect.
Sunil Gavaskar said that the South African pitches had not been easy on the Indian batsmen throughout the course of the Test series. At the Wanderers, however, Gavaskar feels even the top-class batsmen like AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, have struggled historically to time the ball.
As reported by Crictracker, Sunil Gavaskar said,
“The pitches have not always been good for batting, with the one in Cape Town being one where even batsmen like Kohli and de Villiers never knew which ball would have their number on it. Even in Centurion, the pitch on the last two days was an up-and-down one, so chasing 250 was not going to be easy as it turned out.”
Sunil Gavaskar warns India about the ‘Bullring’
On the other hand, the same Wanderers stadium is also supposed to be best-suited for the bowlers. With the given factors of a steaming hot pitch and a hostile crowd, things do not seem easy for the Indian cricket team. Sunil Gavaskar said that the Indian batting order will have to stand their ground and keep wickets, if they want to defy the odds. Gavaskar exclaimed,
“So what now for the final Test? It is not called the ‘Bullring’ without a reason, for this is supposed to be the fastest and bounciest pitch in South Africa. The crowd can be brutally vocal against the visiting team. It is India’s batting which has not come to the party, apart from that magnificent century from skipper Kohli, so that needs strengthening.”