The Pune pitch used for the first Test between India and Australia has been rated ‘poor’ by International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Chris Broad in his report.
Playing on a dust bowl, Virat Kohli-led India cricket team lost the Test by 333 runs within three days with Australia cricket team spinners Steve O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon running through the famed Indian batting lineup.
However this isn’t the first time an Indian pitch has got a poor rating from the ICC.
Here are few previous instances where Indian pitches got the stick from ICC
The ODI between India and Sri Lanka at Nehru Stadium on December 25,1997 was abandoned due to a bad pitch after just 18 balls were bowled. This was the first time an international match was called off because of an unsafe pitch. To appease a capacity crowd though, both sides agreed to play a 25 over per side exhibition match on the adjacent pitch. Sri Lanka won that game by two runs.
The Kanpur pitch prepared for the third Test against South Africa in April, 2008 was rated poor by the ICC. The ICC also handed an official warning to Kanpur after the Test finished in India’s favour within three days. India beat South Africa by eight wickets to square the series 1-1.
The pitch at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi was declared dangerous and unfit by match officials after just 23.3 overs were bowled during an ODI between India and Sri Lanka. After a detailed enquiry, the venue was banned by the ICC for one year but was allowed to host matches of the 2011 World Cup.
The Nagpur pitch used for the third Test against South Africa in November 2015 was rated ‘poor’ by match referee Jeff Crowe in his report. The match finished inside three days, with India beating South Africa by 124 runs. Of the 40 wickets to fall in that Test, 33 went to spinners while Murali Vijay was the highest scorer from both sides with 40.
(With inputs from S Pervez Qaiser)