Irfan Pathan Gave An Epic Reply To Mark Waugh On “Hoo-Ha” About Nagpur Pitch: Australia kickstarted their campaign in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on the worst possible note as the Indian cricket team bowled them out for just 177 runs in the 1st Test match in Nagpur on Thursday. However, the visitors were already in shock after their assessment of pitch conditions before the game even started.
Yes, ahead of the opening Test match between India and Australia, the first look at the Nagpur pitch created quite a stir among the former players and experts, who made a lot of remarks criticizing the Nagpur pitch.
Irfan Pathan Gave An Epic Reply To Mark Waugh
Australian legend Mark Waugh was among them as well but the former Indian player Irfan gave a brutal response to his remarks on the pitch.
Well, before the start of Day 2 in Nagpur, Pathan in a conversation with Star Sports, questioned the logic behind the ongoing debate regarding the Nagpur pitch. He also explained how the degree of turn on Day 1 was the least since 2021 in India where the hosts played against England and Bangladesh during that period. The former all-rounder asked:
“All this hoo-ha about big turn and slow pitch in Australia, especially in the media, look at this stat from first day – 2.9 degrees since 2021. We played against England and New Zealand and last day, it was the least turn. Then what is this hoo-ha about?”
Mark Waugh, at whom the question was directed, explained how the “inconsistent turn” bothered him the most. He said: “It is not how much the ball turns, it is about the inconsistent turn. One goes straight and one spins a little bit. That is when you get in trouble as a batsman.”
Responding to this, the former Indian cricketer came up with a brutal reply. He said: “It is the quality of the bowlers!”
In no time Waugh took a U-turn and started praising Ravindra Jadeja for his impeccable performance against the Aussies. He said: “Yes Jadeja bowled beautifully, stump to stump, great length,”
Talking about Ravindra Jadeja, the star all-rounder who was returning to action after a long injury lay-off, silenced his critics as he scalped his 11th Test five-for to put India in a commanding position. Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Todd Murphy, Matt Renshaw, and Peter Handscomb.