Team India managed to successfully retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after taking a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. But the cynosure of the Test series has been the turning pitches. India lost the third Test by a massive margin of nine wickets, that humiliating defeat in Indore was perhaps an eye-opener. The pitch used at the Holkar Stadium was rated ‘poor’ by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The final Test between India and Australia will start on March 9 at Narendra Modi Stadium. India still needs a win in the fourth Test to qualify for the WTC Final. Former legendary batter Sunil Gavaskar took a dig at the Rohit Sharma-led side ahead of the fourth Test match, saying that in absence of their ace bowlers, the bowling attack has looked weak.
Taking 20 wickets is not going to be easy in India. On a lot of Indian pitches, without your ace bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and a slightly inexperienced Mohammed Siraj, I do not think that bowling attack is such strong. But with a little bit of help from a dry pitch, India can probably take 20 wickets. I think that is the thinking behind preparing such pitches, Gavaskar said.
If you would have had a strong attack, maybe you could have done something different but your strength is your spinners and therefore I think these pitches are being made. You do not want a flat pitch where the batters go out and dominate. These pitches are testing the temperament of the batters, explained Gavaskar.