India vs Australia: Australia take first look at Ranchi Pitch

Posted March 16, 2017

Image SourceThe cheap stunt to get some social media attention by the network failed miserably as they got thrashed left, right and centre. One thing seems clear though, irrespective of how the pitch looks, it will be very surprising if the team that wins the toss doesn't opt to bat first.

The India skipper said: "I think about what I say".

His words put the pitch debate in perspective.

The top 10 of the Player Rankings for Test Bowlers has remained unchanged but Sri Lanka all-rounder Dilruwan Perera has moved up three slots to 14th rank after his five wickets in the Galle Test while Bangladesh spinner Mehedi Hasan's six wickets have helped him gain four places to reach 36th rank. Match referees usually meet both skippers at the start of the series but rarely during one.

Neither side has been willing to concede an inch to the other. Lyon's is in many ways symptomatic of Australia's fortunes in this series - like the fallout from Bengaluru, it is a by-product of doing far better against India than many had expected. It was a match that saw constant attrition for four days, a reminder of how tough an opposition Australia are, and a hallmark of how a No 1-ranked side should respond after a heavy defeat.

"Last year when I got picked to go to Sri Lanka on the Test series, I" m sure Stoiner was a little disappointed he didn't go. "What you do with your wrists and fingers depends on how much shoulder you use", adds Bedi.

P.S- Kangaroo curry is for dinner at Ranchi and Dharamsala next. Will the ICC step in then, or will it continue to be a mute spectator as boundaries are crossed, both on and off the field? Media outlets had previously reported that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could face the wrath of the ICC if it rolls out another substandard surface. Both teams needs to move on from Bangalore and focus should get back on to the series because priority here is cricket.

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A stunning post-match tirade followed. For the record, match-referee Chris Broad deemed the Pune pitch as poor, but the Bengaluru pitch escaped with a "below-average" rating. The discrepancy in judgment here is inexplicable. So I'm more than confident in turning out for the next Test, depending on selection I guess. Nathan Lyon did take 8/50 on day one at the Chinnaswamy. So what is the criterion herein?

Ashwin holds the record for claiming 250 Test wickets in the least number of matches (45) while Lyon has taken 241 wickets (65 Tests) after making his Test debut two months before Ashwin in 2011.

In the backdrop of the prevailing mood in the series, the David Warner-Ravichandran Ashwin duel will be another interesting sub-plot to the Ranchi test.

Regarding the Indian captain, former Australian cricketer said: If I had one criticism of Indian captain Virat Kohli its that hes a bit too emotional.

Even though Smith was critical about the pitch, he didn't bash it completely.

India certainly are in a better position at the moment, but the 22-yard strip here could well again go on to be the determining factor. How many leftarm spinners did Indian batsmen grind to dust this home season, before they were unable to comprehend what Steve O'Keefe was bowling at them?