India vs Australia: Pitch woes turn Indian cricket into global laughing stock; Here is what Twitterati say

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New Delhi | Published: March 15, 2017 6:37:40 PM

India vs Australia: Aussie skipper Steve Smith was the first one to launch an attack on Ranchi pitch by saying this is the darkest wicket he has seen.

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One day before the start of the third Test match against Australia at Ranchi, Indian captain Virat Kohli urged both the teams to leave the DRS controversy behind by saying, “There’s a lot of cricket to be played and it should not happen in bad taste. What’s happened in Bengaluru happened in Bengaluru, we are in Ranchi and we should look forward to tomorrow.” However, the pitch curator had different ideas and as soon as the covers were lifted all the attention shifted from cricket to pitch once again.

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Aussie skipper was the first one to launch an attack by saying this is the darkest wicket he has seen. “When we came over to India, we were under no illusions that we were going to potentially get some difficult wickets to play on. I’ve never seen a wicket that’s looked quite as dark as that one is,” Smith told the Cricket Australia (CA) website.

Here is the first look of the Ranchi pitch:

Even though Smith was critical about the pitch, he didn’t bash it completely. However, things don’t work that way on social media. People were quick to notice the under-prepared wicket and started mocking it. Soon there were images of mud coming out of the pitch and Sun Herald posted, “Indian pitch doctors take their craft to a new low in Ranchi.” The embarrassment didn’t end here as the Australian media went on to say ‘the reputation and integrity of Indian cricket on the brink of complete embarrassment.

Here are some twitter reactions:

India lost the first Test in Pune by a humiliating margin of 333 runs but followed it with an inspirational comeback in Bengaluru as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja found their form back picking up a five-wicket haul each. However, the real problem for the Indian team is the batting department as only three batsmen have managed to get past 50 run-mark in this series with KL Rahul alone doing it thrice.

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