Srinagar: The heated debate had raged as the first fay pitch between India and Australia 3rd test match at Indore has turned out as nightmare with host batters struggling against Australia spinners.
India are already seven wickets down for 82 runs and looks tough to survive on the topsy turvy wicket.
Former Cricketer have lashed out at the wicket and have termed it worse than Nagpur and Delhi.
However, the hilarious dig at the wicket was taken by former Australia spinner Brad Hogg who termed the wicket as One day test match.
“One day test match anyone? #INDvAUS,” Brad Hogg tweeted.
Another former Australia cricketer Mathew Hayden also criticized the pitch.
“There’s some calmness in the Indian camp because they are so successful in last two Test matches. But just look at the average turn here. This is why I have a problem with these conditions, because there’s no way in the world that a spin bowler would come on the 6th over. No way!” Hayden said during his on-air stint in the third Test.
“Here in Indore, the average turn is 4.8 degrees. That’s a massive turn, that’s the turn you expect on Day 3. You’ve got to give batters a chance, Ravi (Shastri). Judge your players on their performance in Test match cricket. Day 1 and Day 2 should be about batting,” Hayden further said.
Shastri, who was also on-air at the time, had a two-word reply to Hayden’s criticism. “Home conditions,” said Shastri.
After a brief pause, however, Shastri did admit that the conditions are tough for the players.
“This is a little more than home conditions. It’s going to be tough, there’s no two ways about it. One good partnership can make a difference,” said the former India head coach.
Noted Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle is also not impressed with the pitch.
“Already the batters aren’t trusting their defence. Tells you what their understanding of the pitch is: take the bowling on early. Interesting though that this was Rohit who had shown such skill against spin,” Bhogle Tweeted.