Cassian Baliarsingh

India’s win by seven wickets in the Cape Town Test against South Africa has created history as the shortest-ever red-ball match. It was the shortest Test match ever in terms of overs bowled – 106.2 overs – battering the previous best test that involved Australia and South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) way back in 1932.

As the Test concluded in just one and a half day, there has been a lot of debate going on over the pitch and the match.
India’s wicketkeeper-batter KL Rahul joined the debate and said that he hasn’t comprehended how the Test match concluded in just two days at Newlands. He added that he was elated to be part of the team which is now the first Asian side to win a Test match in Cape Town.

Star Sports quoted KL Rahul as saying, “Obviously, it’s a matter of great happiness that we have won for the first time in Cape Town. This is my third series and every time we come here, we were always in the game, but we ended up losing the first Test match. So, I’m really happy that we could get this win. In terms of emotions, honestly, no one is able to understand. It seems like the toss happened just now and the match was over.”

On the other hand, India captain Rohit Sharma hit out at the ICC and the match referees for their double standards and said, “We all saw what happened in this match, how the pitch played and stuff like that. I don’t mind playing on pitches like this. As long as everyone keeps their mouth shut in India and doesn’t talk too much about Indian pitches.”

He continued, “Yes, it is dangerous. It is challenging. So, and when people come to India, it is again pretty challenging as well. When you are put up against, a challenge like that, you come and face it. That’s what happened in India, but in India on day one, if the pitch starts turning, people start talking about ‘Puff of dust’. There’s so much crack here on the pitch. People are not looking at that.”