India’s cricket captain Rohit Sharma has lashed out at critics of Indian pitches after his side recorded the quickest ever win in a Test match by beating South Africa by seven wickets in four-and-a-half sessions of the five-day match.
India’s win over hosts South Africa ended the two-match series in a 1-1 draw following the hosts’ win in the first Test.
Speaking to reporters after the win at Cape Town on Thursday, Rohit called for a review of how pitches are rated as he claimed India receive undue criticism.
India’s victory made the Test match the shortest ever in history in terms of balls bowled in a win, after the visitors set the tone when they bowled the home side out for 55 before lunch on day one, largely helped by player of the match Mohammed Siraj, who took six wickets for 15 runs in the first innings.
The next best of any of Markram’s teammates in either innings was 15.
Rohit described the conditions as dangerous, but added he had no problem playing on such surfaces as long as it was accepted that Indian pitches will turn from day one.
“I don’t mind being on pitches like this as long as everyone keeps their mouth shut in India and no one is talking about the pitches there,” Rohit told reporters.