Updated January 5th, 2024 at 12:52 IST

'Cracks so wide you can park a car inside them': Dale Steyn livid with Cape Town pitch in 2nd Test

Former fast bowler Dale Steyn criticizes Cape Town pitch after India vs. South Africa Test concludes in record-breaking two days.

Reported by: Aryan Suraj Chadha
Dale Steyn unhappy with Cape Town pitch | Image:AP

India won the second Test against South Africa by 7 wickets on Day 2, with Mohammed Siraj named Player of the Match. South Africa scored 55 and 176 in their two innings, led by Aiden Markram's 106 in the second. In response, India scored 153 and successfully chased down a 79-run target in their second innings, powered by Yashasvi Jaiswal's 28 and Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 17. Mohammed Siraj sparkled with 6/15 and 1/31 bowling stats. Dean Elgar was named Player of the Series in recognition of his constant performance.  

3 things you need to know 

  • India beat South Africa in the 2nd Test by 7 wickets 
  • India vs South Africa series ended in a tie 1-1
  • Dean Elgar was named the Player of the Series 

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Dale Steyn was not happy with IND vs SA Cape Town Test 

Following the historic Test match between India and South Africa, former South African fast bowler Dale Steyn harshly criticised the Cape Town pitch. On January 4, India defeated South Africa by 7 wickets in the shortest Test match in history, with only 107 overs of cricket played over one and a half days.


The ground in Cape Town proved tricky from the start, with balls rising abruptly from decent length, posing substantial hurdles for batsmen. Because of the availability of a solid grass covering, India's pacers were able to extract significant movement from the pitch, resulting in South Africa being bowled out for 55 runs in the first session on Day 1. Despite a collapse on the following day, India managed to score 153 runs in the first innings.

The extraordinary turn of events saw 23 wickets fall on Day 1, setting a South African record for the most wickets falling on the first day of a Test match. The South African squad set a target of 79 runs, with only Aiden Markram scoring more than 50 runs and concluding his innings with a spectacular century.


Dale Steyn took to X (previously Twitter) to express his displeasure with the pitch, calling the Test match meaningless. His tweet read: 

"Why we so scared of cracks? Think Sydney, Perth. Cracks so wide you can park a car inside them, and yet they always get to days 4 and 5! Pointless a Test being over so fast you don’t even see a hint of a crack. Pitches deteriorate over the days, let it happen. Two day Tests are not Test matches," 

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India levelled the series against the hosts by 1-1. The recent Test series draw in South Africa is only the second time India has achieved this accomplishment. MS Dhoni was the first captain to lead India to a Test series tie in South Africa, accomplishing this feat in the 2010/11 season.


Published January 5th, 2024 at 09:41 IST