Written byAyush Gupta
The second Test between India and South Africa would be under the scanner, especially regarding the pitch in Pune, as the opening Test at this venue, in 2017, saw it being rated poor by the ICC.
Meanwhile, speaking on the pitch conditions in India, men's team bowling coach Bharat Arun said the team never asks for a specific kind of pitch.
Arun said that India, being the No. 1 Test team, cannot rely on specific types of pitches and accept it as they come, both at home and overseas.
"We tend to assess the wicket at the last moment, but we say that we are going to look at it as home conditions and the wicket is the same for both teams," he said.
"When the ball turns, you don't accept it. Ideally, a normal wear-and-tear wicket for Test match is fine, but if you want to be the No. 1 team in the world, you can't be looking at wickets," added Arun.
It was in 2017 when Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar was under the scanner first, as a Test between India and Australia ended within three days, with 31 wickets being claimed by the spinners.
Moreover, Salgaonkar was also caught red-handed in a sting operation by India Today TV channel, after he was seen attempting doctoring the pitch, while ICC suspended him for six months.
Speaking on the pitches, Arun also claimed that the Vizag pitch for the opening Test was abrasive too, as the ball did not reverse swing.
As a result, the bowlers had to bowl more on the stump line for success.
"Shami got four out of his five wickets bowled. The line changes, how quickly a bowler is aware of what is happening," Arun continued.
Arun also asserted the fact that skipper Virat Kohli has given enough freedom to his pacers to bowling accordingly, as per their will.
"Shami has, in fact, said in one of his interviews that captain lets them do what they want," Arun concluded.
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