Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

A total of 34 wickets fell inside 142 overs in the first Test between Australia and South Africa at The Gabba, Brisbane and the match ended within two days. Hosts Australia won it by six wickets but it never looked an easy ride for them either.

Gabba’s pitch became the talk of the town after the match as many cricket fans, experts and analysts criticised Cricket Australia for preparing a pitch that ended a five days Test match inside two days. South Africa captain Dean Elgar also slammed the Australian cricket Board.

Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag joined the band wagon and took on social media to expose Cricket Australia’s ‘hypocrisy’.

“142 overs and not even lasting two days and they have the audacity to lecture on what kind of pitches are needed. Had it happened in India, it would have been labelled end of Test cricket, ruining Test cricket and what not. The Hypocrisy is mind-boggling,” Sehwag wrote on his Twitter handle.

The former explosive batsman also compared how world cricket world reacted to India’s win against England back in 2020 when Rohit Sharma’s side defeated The Three Lions in Ahmedabad. Then, many cricket experts had criticised BCCI for giving India a perfect spin-friendly pitch. 

“Twaada kutta kutta, saada kutta Tommy, Hypocrisy ki bhi seema hoti hai #ausvssa #testcricket,” Sehwag wrote on Facebook.

Former England captain, Michael Vaughan also posted a tweet asking why was so much grass was left on the pitch. He was shocked with the way the pitch behaved in the first Test. “Why did they leave so much grass on the Gabba pitch !??????? It’s historically been one of the best pitches for Test cricket in the world .. So why change it ?? It was a shocking pitch .. #AUSvsSA,” Vaughan wrote on Twitter.

And how can one miss the response of Wasim Jaffer! “If a Test in the subcontinent had ended in 2 days, the reaction would have been totally different,” the ex- Indian opener said as he shared a hilarious meme after the Australia vs South Africa match.