Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

A couple of days back, former India captain Sourav Ganguly had made a controversial comment about the nature of pitches prepared for Test cricket in India.

“When I see Bumrah Sami Siraj Mukesh bowl . I wonder why do we need to prepare turning tracks in india ..my conviction of playing on good wickets keeps getting stronger every game .. They will get 20 wickets on any surface with ashwin jadeja Kuldeep and axar .. batting quality dropping because of pitches in last 6 to 7 yrs at home ..good wickets are a must .. india will still win over 5 days...@bcci,” wrote Ganguly on social media platform X (earlier known as Twitter).

Ganguly’s post has reignited the pitch controvery in India.

However, responding to Ganguly’s comment, Team India head coach Rahul Dravid said that the team management never asks for rank turners while playing at home in a bid to hold an advantage over visiting teams. Dravid further added that it has always been tough to predict how a particular pitch will behave over the course of five days in a Test match.

The Vizag track for the second Test match against England was billed as a spinner’s paradise. However, the surface remained flat throughout with nothing on offer. 

Surprisingly, Bumrah dominated the match with a brilliant bowling figure of 9/91. It was the best-ever figure by an Indian pacer against England in 40 years. It was also his best show on home soil. The figure included a stunning six-wicket haul in the first innings. With the stunning performance with the ball, Bumrah became the fastest Indian bowler to capture 150 wickets in the format.