Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

There has been a hue and cry over the pitches in the recent past due to India’s dominance in home condition. Former Team India pacer Irfan Pathan, however, suggested that the touring teams should avoid blaming the conditions for their underwhelming performances.

The former all-rounder turned commentator’s comments came after fast bowlers ran riot on day one of the ongoing Cape Town Test between India and South Africa. Batters struggled on the surface, leading to a total of 23 wickets falling on the opening day itself.

Following the development, Pathan urged overseas teams to up their spin-bowling game instead of complaining about rank-turners when they tour India for a Test series.

“When overseas cricketers come to India on turning pitches they shouldn’t complain. It’s a skill they need to improve,” said Pathan wrote on X (earlier known as Twitter).

Hosts South Africa had reportedly prepared a patch conducive for the pacers. However, the decision backfired as they were skittled out for 55, the lowest-ever total against India in Test cricket. The Men in Blue too suffered an embarrassing batting collapse and were bowled out for 153.