Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The second Test match between India and hosts South Africa on Newlands pitch ended up being the shortest ever in the approximately 147-year-long history of Test cricket. India beat South Africa by seven wickets in 107 overs in just a little over four sessions. As many as 33 wickets fell during the Test match - 23 on Day 1 itself in an unbelievably quick time.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma criticised the pitch severely after the completion of the match. Several experts and fans across the globe also supported Rohit.

However, legendary South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn said there was no need to be scared of cracks. Steyn said he has played in many Test matches during his glorious career where cracks were so wide that cars could have been parked there.

“Why we so scared of cracks? Think Sydney, Perth. Cracks so wide you can park a car inside them, and yet they always get to days 4 and 5! Pointless a test being over so fast you don’t even see a hint of a crack. Pitches deteriorate over the days, let it happen. Two-day tests are not Test matches,” Steyn wrote on his social media account X (earlier known as Twitter).
 

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