Ranchi pitch was on the radar of every expert before the start of this match. Steve Smith stated on the eve of this match that he had never seen such a dark track in his life. JSCA curator prepared a very dark track for this Test match and he faced criticism from every possible corner of cricketing fraternity.
However, from the very first ball of Ranchi Test this pitch was showing its character and at the end, it proved to be a sporting track which helped both bat and ball. After this Test ended as a draw, former Australian cricketer and now Journalist for Fox Sports Brett Geeves apologised for his pre-talk over this pitch.
“On behalf of the Australian media, public, our current team of representatives and its football team of support staff, I would like to apologise to Mr. SB Singh, the head curator of the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi,” he wrote in his column.
“For an entire week, we questioned your integrity by believing the reports that flew out of India with regard the offering of surfaces for the wicket selection ceremony. We were told that this is where King Kohli would perform the wicket blessing by setting them all on fire and then hand pick the most burnt one; which goes against Australian traditions of throwing the most burnt one out,” he added.
Four tons were scored on this pitch in first four days. Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha were among those who achieved the milestones. This wicket needed some patience and skills for a result as done by Pujara, who spent more than 11 hours on the pitch for his 202. Also, Ravindra Jadeja bowled with discipline to get those nine wickets in the match.
Geeves further said “Those reports were delivered with murky messages of corruption and a need for the BCCI to control your destiny as a professional, and also your venues future as a player on the Test match schedule well into the future. We believed the conspiracies that Kohli had demanded that this wicket spin and break more than the previous two wickets, which would guarantee an Indian triumph.”
This match lasted until day five and could have been a cracker if Handscomb and Shaun Marsh didn’t manage a match saving partnership of 124 runs.
“We judged you unfairly and are guilty of believing that you would be easily swayed by the lure of having Indian players know your name – and believe it or not, there are places where everybody knows your name, Mr. SB Singh. It is not a dream existence. If you have, in fact, delivered a perfect Test match wicket as a direct snub to the demands of the BCCI, you are no longer just the man that prepared the perfect Indian cricket wicket – you are my hero,” he concluded with.