One day before the start of the third Test match against Australia at Ranchi, Indian captain Virat Kohli urged both the teams to leave the DRS controversy behind by saying, “There’s a lot of cricket to be played and it should not happen in bad taste. What’s happened in Bengaluru happened in Bengaluru, we are in Ranchi and we should look forward to tomorrow.” However, the pitch curator had different ideas and as soon as the covers were lifted all the attention shifted from cricket to pitch once again.
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Aussie skipper was the first one to launch an attack by saying this is the darkest wicket he has seen. “When we came over to India, we were under no illusions that we were going to potentially get some difficult wickets to play on. I’ve never seen a wicket that’s looked quite as dark as that one is,” Smith told the Cricket Australia (CA) website.
Here is the first look of the Ranchi pitch:
Ranchi pitch report pic.twitter.com/h1o5ipcTIv
— Sunandan Lele (@sunandanlele) March 14, 2017
Even though Smith was critical about the pitch, he didn’t bash it completely. However, things don’t work that way on social media. People were quick to notice the under-prepared wicket and started mocking it. Soon there were images of mud coming out of the pitch and Sun Herald posted, “Indian pitch doctors take their craft to a new low in Ranchi.” The embarrassment didn’t end here as the Australian media went on to say ‘the reputation and integrity of Indian cricket on the brink of complete embarrassment.
Here are some twitter reactions:
I guess that is… the pitch? Blimey. #Ranchi #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/bNb87Pf85T
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) March 14, 2017
This is what is beneath the Ranchi pitch pic.twitter.com/nWxZQoOjZl
— Alister Nicholson (@AlisterNicho) March 15, 2017
Pune: Pitch will turn from first ball
Bengaluru: Match turned completely
Ranchi: Pitch itself will turn upside down
— Sarcastic Dude (@Sarcasticdudee) March 15, 2017
Indian pitch doctors take their craft to a new low in Ranchi >> http://t.co/1fFZWS3cXI pic.twitter.com/lAMGsRRhrr
— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) March 15, 2017
EXCLUSIVE | Here’s a photo we’ve managed to nab of India’s curators working on the Ranchi pitch this morning #IndvAus #cricket pic.twitter.com/ireqs7Oin7
— SEN Breakfast (@SENBreakfast) March 14, 2017
Chilling pictures of Ranchi pitch on twitter today. ’Tis like gazing upon the fires of hell. #IndvAus
— Andrew F Fernando (@andrewffernando) March 14, 2017
The pitch for the 3rd Test between India and Australia starting March 16 in Ranchi. Preparations are good. Could take spin early. #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/KbYhBIL95M
— matt watson (@MWCWatson) March 9, 2017
After reading reports & seeing pics of Ranchi pitch I suggest one major change Anil Kumble in place of Ishant Sharma
— Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) March 14, 2017
India lost the first Test in Pune by a humiliating margin of 333 runs but followed it with an inspirational comeback in Bengaluru as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja found their form back picking up a five-wicket haul each. However, the real problem for the Indian team is the batting department as only three batsmen have managed to get past 50 run-mark in this series with KL Rahul alone doing it thrice.