The second test match between India and Sri Lanka was the pink ball test match in Bengaluru that ended in three days. Javagal Srinath, the match referee, gave a ‘below-average’ rating to the pitch. Legendary player Sunil Gavaskar has now shed light on why India decided to prepare the pitch in that way.
According to Gavaskar, India did that in a bid to secure their WTC chances, which are appearing quite slim this time around. India lost the South Africa series and the team has few test matches this year. India will be playing one test match (the remaining one from last year) in England. The most challenging series will be the home series against Australia which India needs to win by 4 – 0.
India cleaned up yet another series win with another three-day finish to move up the points table for the World Test Championship. Their next few Test matches are likely to be away from home and after what happened in South Africa it is understandable that they did not want to take any chances and prepared pitches that suited their strength. What that does do however is that the batsmen, who the crowds come to watch, are also troubled by the opposition bowlers and unable to get the big scores that their millions of followers want to see” Gavaskar wrote in his column.
Before the South African series, India was very confident about beating them this time around. India won the first test match at Centurion but the hosts came back strongly in the remaining two matches and won the series by 2 – 1. Virat Kohli resigned from test captaincy after the series.
Bengaluru was the second pitch in two weeks that received the demerit point. Earlier, the Rawalpindi match for the 1st test match received the same and former players criticized the PCB for preparing a flat track that was not bowler friendly at all.