Harsha Bhogle has been arguably the best commentator of India and certainly one of the best in the world due to his sound and in-depth knowledge of the gentleman's game. Apart from commentary and expert analysis, Bhogle also gives his opinions about the game and players on social media as well. Sometimes, it has been received well by the fans but at the same time, he has faced backlash on many occasions as well. After India's comprehensive win over South Africa, the 'Voice of Indian Cricket' has come forward to make a clear statement to the detractors who are criticising the Indian pitches.
Taking to the micro-blogging site, Harsha Bhogle wrote that there was a lot of talk going around the world around the Indian pitches and that it was time to bury all that. The veteran commentator then added that India's last few wins have all come on normal pitches and Test wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha had collected a ball over his head on the fourth morning of the third and final Test in Ranchi.
Read Harsha Bhogle's tweet here:
There is a lot of talk around the world about pitches in India. It is time to bury that because the last few wins have all come on normal pitches. Here in Ranchi, Saha collected a ball over his head on the 4th morning!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 22, 2019
The Indian pitches have been highlighted negatively for some time now. Recently, former England skipper Michael Vaughan on social media had said that Test matches in India are boring. Apart from Vaughan, South Africa's Test opener Dean Elgar had also criticised the Indian pitches during the 2015/16 Test series.
While interacting with the media during the post-match press conference, Virat Kohli categorically asserted that earmarking specific Test centres was essential for the very survival of Test cricket.
“Look, if you want to keep Test cricket alive and exciting, I totally agree with the fact that we need 5 Test centres at max. It cannot be sporadic and spread over, you know so many places where people turn up or they don’t. So, in my opinion, we should have 5 strong Test centres. The team coming to India will know that this is where we are going to play and nowhere else”, he remarked.