After India were bowled out for a paltry total of 187 runs against South Africa in the 3rd Test, former captain Sourav Ganguly has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to put in a formal investigation into the nature of the Wanderers pitch, as he deemed the wicket to be unplayable and unfair on the batsmen.
After winning the toss on a wicket which had a fair lot of greenish tinge on the surface, Indian captain Virat Kohli decided to bat first but his decision quickly backfired as India were two down in no time with both Murali Vijay and KL Rahul back in the hit, without many runs on the board. It was Kohli and Pujara’s partnership for the 4th wicket which enabled India to cross the total of 100.
Once Kohli was dismissed after riding his luck for a while, there was no looking back for the South African pace battery as they dismantled the Indians for 187 on a Day 1 wicket. Cheteshwar Pujara, who made a solid 50, later stated in a presser that the Johannesburg wicket was the toughest wicket that he had ever batted on and India’s total of 187 was as good as 300 runs on any other wicket.
In reply, South Africa also lost opener Aiden Markram early in their innings with Dean Elgar and Kagiso Rabada somehow keeping the Indian pacers at bay for 6 overs in the final session.
Ganguly, who is not unfamiliar to batting on such wickets and also made a gritty half-century in 2006 on the same pitch, posted his views on his official Twitter account @SGanguly99 on Wednesday (January 24). “To play test cricket on this surface is unfair …saw it in NZ in 2003 …batsman have minimum chance …ICC should look into it,” his tweet read.
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) January 24, 2018
With the rank turners in India and Sri Lanka consistently copping up criticism, Ganguly’s opinion makes all the more sense and it is only fair that such fast wickets which are heavily loaded in the favour of fast bowlers also come in for some sort of a review by the ICC