The Day Three of India-South Africa Test saw a dramatic ending as the match referee had called both the captains to discuss about the pitch situation after Dean Elgar was hit on the helmet by Jasprit Bumrah’s ball. The pitch was already criticised by many from the start of day.

The umpires had taken players from the field as the play was called off for the day, but later ICC confirmed that the match would continue on Day Four. Virat Kohli was seen unhappy with the play being stopped. Sunil Gavaskar on air said that the ball which hit Elgar was fair as it was pitched short. If the ball had been pitched at good length and bounced then the case would be fair.

Michael Holding also rated the pitch “2 out of 100”. His fellow commentator Kepler Wessels called the pitch dangerous as the pitch was not suitable for a good contest between bat and ball.

It is dangerous and it’s not ideal

“The unfortunate thing is that nobody minds movement off the surface but it’s the uneven bounce that’s the problem. It is quite dangerous from a batting point of view when you have pace attacks bowling around the 140 mark, tall bowlers hitting the deck hard. It is dangerous and it’s not ideal. I have seen pitches like this around the world but as we keep saying, you want a good contest between bat and ball and this one is not providing that. I’d give it a 3 out of 10,” Wessels said.

The Day Four of the Test match will start at 10.00 am local time. South Africa have lost the wicket of Aiden Markram and need 224 to win.