Twitter trolls Michael Vaughan for his criticism of Indian pitches

Twitter trolls Michael Vaughan for his criticism of Indian pitches

With South Africa collapsing to 3/36, the Indian fans took it as an opportunity to troll Michael Vaughan for his statement on the nature of Indian pitches.

Michael Vaughan. (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images via Getty Images)

There is one question that baffles a lot of Indian fans. Why is a pitch that offers seam-swing or in one word, lateral movement, hailed as the best for the game and the track that offers turn shrugged with equal disdain? Why is a turning pitch (not dust bowls) put in the same bracket with a flat track? It is important to understand that cricket is a high geographically dependent game. In fact, the diversity of conditions and the variety of challenges that they throw are the main essence of this beautiful game, especially Test cricket. 

The trajectory of a Test match happening in SENA countries and the Indian subcontinent goes in reverse. While in SENA countries, with the pitches offering prodigious lateral movement, the game can move quite rapidly in the first two days. The exact reverse is true for Asian wickets, where in the first two days, it might look as if the wicket is flat and nothing is happening.

But, as the game moves on, the wear and tear on the pitch suddenly spring life into the encounter, resulting in sometimes teams losing a Test match in a matter of one session. Case in point: England’s innings loss in Mumbai and Chennai in 2016 despite scoring in excess of 400 while batting first.

Take the recent example of the first Test. Everyone reckoned that Virat Kohli might have timed their declaration a bit late. On a track where more than 1200 runs had been racked up in four days, everyone thought that the game would meander to a draw. But all it took was one session for the hosts to wrap up the proceedings.

Michael Vaughan criticizes Indian pitches; fans troll him following the South African collapse

So, when India and Virat Kohli were grinding the South African bowlers to a point of submission, everyone, including pundits like Michael Vaughan began to criticize the Indian pitches. Vaughan took to Twitter, saying: Test Match Cricket pitches in India are boring … The first 3/4 days the contest is far too in favor of the Bat … needs more action for the bowler … My thought of the day … #INDvSA”.

India eventually declared their innings at 5/601 with skipper Virat Kohli staying unbeaten at his career-best 254 and Ravindra Jadeja finishing with 91. With an aim to have a crack at the South Africans, the Indian bowlers came out all charged up and within a span of 15 overs reduced South Africa to 3/36 at stumps.

With South Africa collapsing to 3/36, the Indian fans took it as an opportunity to troll Michael Vaughan for his statement on the nature of Indian pitches.