I had high hopes that Kohli would lead Team India to new highs in test cricket, but it looks like our test cricket is going to sink even low after the losses that we suffered under Dhoni’s leadership. The pitches that were prepared for the matches with South Africa are poor and there should be no question about it. But yet we still are seeing people like Kohli, Ashwin and Ravin Shastri defending them along with “patriotic” Indian fans. The reasoning is: “12 wickets fell on the same day in Adelaide and that is a good pitch and our pitches are bad?” Kohli himself has stated that teams get out cheaply when batting in South African pitches and how come such pitches are not criticized.
Please understand people, the Indian pitches are not being criticized for the fall of quick wickets. Doesn’t Kohli understand this? Or is he acting that he doesn’t get this? Let me explain.
People argue that teams like Australia and South Africa prepare pitches that suits their fast bowlers and what is wrong in India preparing pitches that suits our spinners. It is wrong. It is wrong because:
1. We will never produce quality fast bowlers with these kind of pitches
2. We will continue to lose test matches overseas
3. Test cricket is boring when spinners bowl for longer periods of time. Fast bowlers are the MAIN bowlers and spinners are supplementary. Why can’t you people understand this? One of the main points of attraction in Test cricket is when we see fast bowlers swing, seam and bowl at a fast pace. IT IS BORING to watch spinners bowl for long periods of time. There I said it. You may not agree, but then, do you really sit and watch Test cricket?
You can ignore my third point as it is subjective. But what about my first and second points? This is exactly why preparing spin-friendly tracks are such a bad idea. Doesn’t people like Kohli and Ravi Shastri understand this? I bet they do, but they just want to win matches to keep their positions. Cricket is not just about winning, there is so much beauty in it and these idiots are destroying it. Let us not support this madness.
Thought for the day: Let’s always make decisions based on what is right. Let us not cloud our judgment and logic by favouritism or by being “patriotic”.