There were plenty of hopes from the Virat Kohli led Indian Test team as they embarked on their tour to South Africa after winning 9 consecutive Test series. However, the current world No. 1 Test team couldn’t quite prove their mettle in the alien overseas conditions as they conceded an unassailable 2-0 lead to the Proteas.
After facing a 72-run defeat in the first Test at Newlands Cape Town, it was expected that Virat Kohli and company will bounce back in the second Test. Despite getting a subcontinent-like pitch at SuperSport Park in Centurion, Indian batsmen couldn’t able to adjust their game as the visitors got bundled out for 307 and 151 in their two innings respectively and consequently lost the all-important second Test by 135 runs.
Being the numero uno Test side in ICC rankings, India now have to salvage some pride in the ongoing third Test at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. However, the misery of tourists didn’t stop in the first day of Wanderers Test as they got bowled out for 187 with none of the batsmen touching the score of 60.
After such a miserable show, the backlash from the fans and media was pretty much given. Seeing India’s batsmen below par performance on Wednesday (January 24), Harsh Goenka – the co-owner of dysfunctional IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiant – has now taken a direct dig at Virat Kohli’s troops.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Goenka posted a picture of Indian captain Virat Kohli carrying an Indian pitch on his shoulder and captioned it as: “The only way we can win is by transporting Indian Pitches to South Africa. This should be allowed. #INDvSA”.
Following the conclusion of Wanderers Test, Team India are slated to play six ODIs and three T20Is against the Proteas where their credentials as a top class limited-overs side will be tested.