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Sunil Gavaskar argues that country with short Test matches shouldn’t complain about Indian pitch conditions

Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has slammed the Australian cricket team for complaining about the Indian pitches ahead of their four-match Test series starting on February 9, 2023. The Australian cricket team has been criticizing the Indian wickets as being spin-friendly and not providing many advantages to the fast bowlers.

Gavaskar, in a recent column for Mid-Day, criticized the Australians for playing mind games and stated that “a country where a Test match finishes in two days has no right to moan about Indian pitches.” He was referring to the recent Gabba Test between Australia and South Africa where 34 wickets fell in just two days. The Indian batting legend also called playing spin the ultimate challenge for a batter, as it tests the player’s footwork and crease usage to counter the turn.

Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy also criticized India for producing “unfair” wickets and added that if the wickets remain the same this time around, the Australians will not win. However, Gavaskar brushed off these comments and stated that playing spin is a challenge for a batter and those who score a century or more in the sub-continent will be recognized as great batsmen.

The first match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be hosted by the VCA Stadium in Nagpur, with the next three games to be hosted in Delhi, Dharamshala, and Ahmedabad. After the Test series, India and Australia will compete in a three-match ODI series starting March 17.