“An army may be likened to water, for just as flowing water avoids the heights and hastens to the lowlands, so an army avoids strength and strikes weakness.” – Sun Tzu
One does not have to have read the ‘Art of War’ to know that historically South Africans haven’t been the best players of spin. So, before the start of the test series, the Indian team made no bones about asking test match curators for pitches that turn.
Mohali was a wicket designed to strike at a weakness against spin.
There’s been a lot of chat on social media about this pitch not being “test match quality”. I simply cannot understand this. Not one ball spat at the batsman or really disturbed the surface of the wicket. The ball didn’t bounce alarmingly high or low. The turn was slow. The pitch was not turning square. The batsmen who applied themselves scored runs.