Over the last few days, it has been amusing to read so much written about the so-called home advantage that enabled India to win the third Test in Kanpur and square the three Test rubber against South Africa. That too, after having been mauled in the previous Test in Ahmedabad by an innings and 90 runs.
It was only to be expected that the pitch in Kanpur would be different from the one in Ahmedabad on which India had been bowled out for a paltry 76 in the first innings. It was expected that the pitch would in essence be slow in nature, but where the top would crumble and bring in the elements of variable bounce and turn. No wonder match referee Roshan Mahanama did not think twice of reporting the sub-standard state of the pitch to the International Cricket Council. Knowing Roshan only too well, I am sure that he would have done the same had South Africa won the Test in the same conditions. There is neither an excuse nor a justification for a sub-standard pitch.
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