The wicket in Pune was a shocker: Kim Hughes

The wicket in Pune was a shocker: Kim Hughes

Australian cricketer Steve Smith interacts with former captain Kim Hughes during a training session in Adelaide on March 19, 2015, ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match between Australia and Pakistan. AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian cricketer Steve Smith interacts with former captain Kim Hughes during a training session in Adelaide on March 19, 2015, ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match between Australia and Pakistan. AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE — IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE– (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Australian batsman and Test skipper Kim Hughes has lashed out at the kind of wickets that has been prepared for the upcoming Test match between India and Australia to be played in Bangalore. The first Test was concluded in a matter of two and a half days with the Indians being blasted out quite audaciously for paltry scores of 105 and 107 in each innings respectively.

However, the manner in which the Aussies secured a win in what was a diabolical wicket in Pune was a ‘shocker’ as described by Hughes, who has been a part of many an Australian side in the past. Hughes was the skipper of perhaps Australia’s worst defeat in 1981 when Ian Botham blasted the Aussies out of the park to help the Poms come from behind and secure the victory they so richly deserved.

Speaking to the Times of India, he said, “The wicket (in Pune) was a shocker. If you see, pitches against England were good cricket wickets, but if you try to doctor the tracks, it can bite you on your bum. I am sure the one in Bengaluru will be a sporting one.”

Hughes was the beneficiary of being one of those players who emotionally resigned from the captaincy position. In spite of being a stellar batsman with obvious leadership acumen, it was quite clear that he had a massive chip on his shoulder when it came to captaining the Australian side.

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