“Why we so scared of cracks?" - Dale Steyn defends Newlands pitch, takes dig at Rohit Sharma

After the conclusion of the second Test against South Africa, India's skipper took an indirect dig at the Newlands pitch. Former Proteas pacer Dale Steyn has defended it.

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After the end of the second Test, the pitch at the Newlands, Cape Town became a talking point. The Test ended in one and a half days and it was the shortest game in the history of the longest format of the game. India ended up winning the game by seven wickets. After the game, Sharma took an indirect dig at the pitch which was close to dangerous.

Apparently, players while batting were close to getting hit. There were occasions on which the ball rose much more than expectations. Sharma added that he doesn't have any problem playing on such pitches unless experts don't raise any questions on Indian pitches.

“We saw what happened in the match, how the pitch behaved,” Rohit Sharma said.

“We don’t have a problem in playing on pitches like this as long as everyone keeps their mouths shut in India and don’t complain about pitches in India.”

“The Apex Council, the match referees, should judge the pitches on what they see and not on the basis of countries. I want to see how the pitches are rated.”

Dale Steyn defend Newlands pitch

The former South Africa pacer has defended the Cape Town wicket. He referred tp the cracks that happen in the wickets of Australia. He added that pitches deteriorate throughout Test matches.

“Why we so scared of cracks? Think Sydney, Perth. Cracks so wide you can park a car inside them, and yet they always get to days 4 and 5! Pointless a test being over so fast you don’t even see a hint of a crack. Pitches deteriorate over the days, let it happen. Two-day tests are not Test matches,” Steyn wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

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