INDORE: Indian captain Rohit Sharma claimed that the recently-held Test matches in Pakistan were ‘boring’ in an attempt to justify his team’s defeat in the third Test against Australia on Friday.
After tasting their own medicine in Indore Test, skipper Rohit tried to cover up India’s dismal performance with an excuse to make the game ‘interesting’ for the crowd.
Rohit and company faced an emphatic defeat by nine wickets inside three days of a home Test, thanks to a treacherous spin track which was supposed to advantage the Indian spinners.
However, India ensnared into their own trap when Australian spinners Matthew Kuhnemann and Nathan Lyon ran through their batting lineups in both innings.
“People have to play well for the game to last five days. Games are not lasting five days even outside India” said the Indian skipper in the post-match press conference.
“In Pakistan, there were three Test matches played, people were saying it was boring. We are making it interesting for you guys,” he added.
It may be noted here that India faced severe criticism from cricket analysts and former players for doctoring the pitches off-limits to put Australian batters to the test in the series.
They benefitted from the pitch tweaks in the first two Tests and led the series 2-0 before Australia bounced back forcefully in the third.
The visitors skittled India for 109 on day one with spinner Matthew Kuhnemann leading the charge with five wickets.
In reply Australia made a solid start before collapsing to 197 all out before lunch on day two, their last six wickets tumbling for just 11 runs.
Eight wickets for spinner Nathan Lyon saw India bundled out for 163 in their second innings, setting up a victory target of 76.
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