Whenever it is a contest between India and Australia, you can expect crackers and most importantly it is not just in the cricket field, the words outside the cricket field, ring louder than ever and that is what sets the tone of the enmity in perfect proportions, dancing to the heavy beats of the two colossal forces battling it hard against each other.
When the series started between India and Australia, there were a lot of noise about the games not lasting long and then arrived the cracker in the final Test where the two teams continued batting for an eternity and eventually the result was not secured and it ended in a draw with nothing to play for and look forward to.
The Indore pitch was given a poor-rating after the game ended in the wee hours of the third day and that was followed by a hailstorm of controversy that spared no sides whatsoever. With a completely different turn in the final Test, the curators went entirely north from being in the southern hemisphere for an eternity and that invoked countless reactions from the experts and all of them were pretty amused.
Mark Waugh said, “The last three Tests were two-day pitches, but this is a 22-day pitch. It’s not good enough, [India] knew they only needed a draw to win the series, and India are batting like they want a draw, very disappointing we won’t get a result here.”
Ravi Shastri said, “We need to talk about these numbers – 91 wickets over seven days and 15 wickets over four days. So what do you want, this kind of a pitch or the other pitches? You don’t want to finish in three days yes, totally agree, but that could also be because of incompetent batting. I hope all those whiners about Indian pitches are happy now.”
Dinesh Karthik said, “When Australia go into bat, they have nothing to play for. It’s dangerous to bat when there’s nothing to play for.” No wonder the war of words was flying high.