India vs Australia is the biggest Test series I think but sadly, pitches make more noise than cricket: Harbhajan Singh
Singh spoke while replying to a tweet by Bharat Sundaresan on the treatment of pitches in Nagpur.
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With the Border Gavaskar Trophy right around the corner, the pitch being used for the first Test has been under heavy discussion for the past few days. It is expected that when India takes on Australia in Nagpur, the pitch will favour spin, which will be advantageous to the Indian team.
Ahead of the first Test, the pitch for the match is being curated in a special way. According to several reports, the entire surface was first watered, then only the centre of the pitch got the roller treatment, and extra watering was done outside the left-hander’s leg stump.
Harbhajan Singh, the legendary Indian spinner, responded to the special treatment of pitches on Twitter, writing, "India vs Australia is the biggest test series I think. But sadly, pitches make more noise than cricket. #Savetestcricket."
India vs Australia is the biggest test series I think. But sadly pitches make more noise thn test Cricket . #Savetestcricket https://t.co/V6EU2O8m1F— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 8, 2023
Bhajji opined that the Test series between India and Australia is one of the most anticipated series in the world, but the pitches make more noise than Test cricket, according to him.
Several Australian cricket experts also commented on the pitch
Sharp reactions were coming in from the Australian side after seeing the ‘doctored’ pitch ahead of the first Test in Nagpur. Many former Australian stars came forward to comment on the pitch that was being prepared for the first match.
Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie told SEN WA Breakfast, "I think the Indian curators are looking for a way for India to have an advantage. They potentially think spin will play a huge role and that the best chance to beat Australia will be to play to their strength."
The former Aussie cricketer Simon O’Donnell also shared his opinions, "The ICC should step in and do something about it if they think it’s not right. If they think the pitch is not right, there will be an ICC referee at the game, and the ICC will be watching this game. But there are so many when it comes to India; we have all of these discussions, and nothing seems to happen."
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