The very eagerly awaited IND-AUS series started off with the first test in Pune, only to last for a three days. After whitewashing the opponents in two consecutive series, Virat’s army was all set to take over the Aussie men. But there was something else written in the script of Virat Kohli’s captaincy record which saw his first ever defeat in last 20 matches.
The inaugral test match of the series was also the debut match for Pune in tests. A surprising element to be the talk of the day was the pune pitch. With many cricket pundits regarding it to be already a day three pitch, it hinted much on the spin assistance. Being extremely dry, the pitch was expected to be spin friendly and congenial to the Indian spinners. Facing the best current spin duo in the world was never going to be easy for the Australians on such a spin aiding track. However the tables have turned on the Indian side after a humiliating 333 run defeat.The hosts were wrapped up for scores of 105 and 107 and looked helpless against the rookie Aussie spinner Steve O’Keefe who grabbed figures of 6/35 in both the innings.
Questions were now raised on the pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar who claimed the test match to last for five days and also boasted that the ball will fly. In his defence, Pandurang has pointed his finger towards BCCI’s ground and pitch committee whom he believes to have perturbed the pitch, trying to help the Indian spinners. Steve Smith stated that the Indians dug their own grave by creating a rank turner, an act that has backfired. It will now all depend on the views of match referee Chris Broad and how he rates the pitch.