Former Australian cricket players criticised the playing field for the first Test of the four-match series between India and Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) 2023, saying the hosts had altered the terrain to produce a subpar turner. Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan addressed these accusations and severely reacted to the on-field claims.
The visitors, who opted to bat first in the series opener, were dismissed for just 177 runs in 63.5 overs. The gifted Indian all-rounder defeated Australia by taking four wickets, giving him his eleventh five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Jadeja removed the risky batsmen Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne to keep the opposition’s score down, and Ravichandran Ashwin helped him out by taking three wickets.
In an interview with Star Sports ahead to the start of Day 2 in Nagpur, Irfan Pathan stated that the average turn on the Day 1 pitch in India was the lowest since 2021, when the hosts met Bangladesh and England.
This first-day statistic is interesting: 2.9 degrees since 2021. Large turns and slow pitches are a hilarious topic of conversation in Australia, especially in the media. The least amount of turn occurred on our final day of play against England and New Zealand. What’s the big deal, then? Pathan asked.
The objective of the investigation was former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh, who has previously criticised the playing surface. Waugh said that his main concern was “inconsistent” behaviour.