India will begin their Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Nagpur on 9 February 2023. The Men in Blue will look to continue their home dominance. While the Aussies will look to win a Test series in India after 2004/05. However, India managed to win the last two editions of this trophy in Australia under the coaching of the former India cricketer, Ravi Shastri.
However, before the series, the pitch of Nagpur has become the talk of the town. Many former Aussie cricketers have claimed that India should not produce a rank-turner for the series opener. Now, regarding the same matter, Ravi Shastri came up with a bold statement ahead of the series.
Ravi Shastri was a part of team India’s historical two consecutive Test series win in Australia
While taking on ‘SENQ Breakfast’, Ian Healy said: “I think if they produce fair Indian wickets, that are good batting wickets, to start with, (that) probably spin and spin pretty consistently but spin a long way, late in the match … we (Australia) win. I’m worried about (Mitchell) Starc and (Nathan) Lyon in the first Test … if they’re unfair wickets which I’ve seen in the last series, where balls were jumping ridiculously and sliding down low from day one, I think India play those conditions better than us.”
Now, in a show on EspnCricinfo, the host asked Ravi Shastri what kind of pitch he wants for the first Test. In reply, Ravi Shastri said: “I want to turn the ball on Day one. If you lose the toss, so be it. If you are fielding first, but you want to see the ball turning a bit or something there are on offer for bowlers. It’s your strength, you are playing at home, capitalize on it.” It seemed that it was quite a stern reply from the former team India coach regarding the pitch condition of the Nagpurr Test. Even, Australia are also preparing for rank-turners as they made that kind of pitch in Alur, Bengaluru. There, they prepared for the upcoming series while hiring young Indian spinners with the same bowling action as Ravichandran Ashwin.
After such a statement from Ravi Shastri, fans came up and shared some tweets on Twitter:
Australia be like “thodi der nahi puri der tak” pic.twitter.com/E9AmE59a7B
— ASAP (@aniketsapre) February 6, 2023
Chad Ravi bhai pic.twitter.com/HsAkm0g1My
— ashu (@im7_ashu) February 6, 2023
fans be like. pic.twitter.com/PclY0lIjxA
— Jai Upadhyay (@jay_upadhyay14) February 6, 2023
Ball will turn pic.twitter.com/NL2FSfxLqv
— Soopmen Bill (@SoopmenBill) February 6, 2023
My man is high on beer 🍺 pic.twitter.com/FpaKvuvwme
— Mohit (@cric8holic) February 6, 2023
Pehle se btado sab
Wo boycott na karde 😀
— Vikaspal Vicky (@VikaspalVicky) February 6, 2023
— VIRAT TILL DEATH (@ViratTilldeath) February 6, 2023
Bhad me gaya pitch pitch ko nikalo game se turn chahie hume
— Rishab Garg 🇮🇳 (@SharmaArnik) February 6, 2023