After heated exchanges on and off the pitch, the blame game started but the fact remains that India played poor cricket in the fifth and deciding ODI against South Africa in Mumbai on Sunday (October 25).
South Africa was in brilliant form and defeated India by a massive 214 runs to win their maiden bilateral series 3-2 and India's team director, Ravi Shastri allegedly abused Wankhede pitch curator Sudhir Naik for the huge defeat. Sudhir Naik is a former Test opener and is a respected person in Mumbai's cricket circles.
Ravi Shastri's spat with Sudhir Naik was all over media reports on Tuesday (October 27) and former Test batsman Sanjay Manjrekar was upset about the incident and criticised the team director for going overboard and by making offensive remarks against the 70-year-old cricketer Sudhir Naik.
Gavaskar told NDTV that heated exchanges are not uncommon and people do use foul language "when they are disappointed", only to "regret later." The former Test opener and TV analyst, who saw India's abject failure at Wankhede from close, said the pitch should not be an excuse for the humiliation.
"India bowling was bad and South Africa's batting was superlative," said Gavaskar, adding that onus was on the staging association to prepare the wicket it wanted.
"It's the politics of cricket. How often does India get the wicket they always wanted? You come play, win or lose and move on," Sunil Gavaskar said.
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