“Don’t play Test cricket”: Sunil Gavaskar gives stern warning to players

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has delivered a straightforward critique of the pitch and batting tactics employed in the second Test match between India and South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town.

Expressing his concern, Gavaskar stated, “They should not be playing Test cricket” if players cannot handle the challenges posed by the pitch.

Gavaskar pointed out that the cracks on the Newlands pitch were around the 8-meter length, a distance he deemed manageable for Test-level batters. He emphasized that if players struggled with the variable bounce from this length, they didn’t deserve to be playing at the highest level.

“If the ball bounces consistently at this 8-meter length, the batter should handle it without any issues. Players who struggle with the unpredictable bounce from this distance shouldn’t be part of Test cricket,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports.

Shaun Pollock, supporting Gavaskar’s concerns, predicted an early end to the Test match on Day 2. Pollock expressed skepticism about significant changes in the pitch conditions. He foresaw difficulties as the effects of the heavy roller wore off.

The predictions of Gavaskar and Pollock proved accurate as 23 wickets fell on Day 1, with South Africa being bowled out for 55 after opting to bat. In response, India posted a total of 153 before dismissing South Africa for 176 on Day 2. India then successfully chased down 79 with seven wickets to spare, highlighting the challenges posed by the pitch.

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