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Second Test between India and South Africa: Rohit Sharma says “…as long as everyone keeps their mouths shut in India” – Magazine Creations

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: After India’s seven-wicket win over South Africa at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, skipper Rohit Sharma said he has no problem playing on bouncy pitches like this, but then everyone should keep their mouths shut while playing on Indian pitches. Rohit Sharma has expressed his dismay at the below-average rating issued by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the Narendra Modi Stadium Ahmedabad, the venue of the 2023 Cricket World Cup final.

“I don’t mind playing in stadiums like this as long as everyone in India keeps their mouths shut and doesn’t complain about Indian stadiums. You come here to challenge yourself. When people come to India it’s a challenge too.” Indian News Today quoted Rohit Sharma as saying.

“I still can’t believe the World Cup final was rated below average. The batsman got a hundred. How can this pitch be bad?” The Indian skipper added.

Rohit Sharma’s comments came at a time when the Cape Town pitch provided an added advantage to the players from the first ball. The Indian fielders led by Mohammed Siraj destroyed South Africa’s batting on the first day, dismissing the entire team for 55. South Africa were less brutal in their response, but India also lost their last 6 wickets in 11 balls without any runs.

The turbulent conditions continued during the second innings as the pacer took control of the match, but India secured victory in the shortest Test match in the history of cricket.

“I would like to see the match officials getting ready while evaluating pitches. We know in India that the ball spins from day one, and you’re not okay. When you bowl from day one, you’re okay. That’s not good,” Rohit Sharma said after the match.

India’s veteran players in pitch conditions

The controversy around the pitch was not limited to the current crop of Indian players as some veteran players also reacted to the entire saga. Former Indian pacer Virender Sehwag, who is known for his witty remarks, praised Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj for their amazing performances.

“When cricketers from abroad come to India on spinners, they should not complain. It is a skill they need to improve,” said former Indian pacer Irrfan Khan.

While speaking about the pitch conditions in Cape Town, legendary Indian pacer Sunil Gavaskar pointed out the technical aspect of the extra bounce. “It’s between five-and-a-half and seven meters where you see cracks with grass in it. If the ball lands there, it can pop up or go down. We saw the first substitute more on the first day. If you get one then that’s if he offends,” he told Star Sports. Acting for too long, there’s not much you can do about it. “It’s really difficult.”

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