Virat Kohli & Co. failed to meet the challenges posed by the Wellington pitch in the first Test as New Zealand pacers ran riot to hand Team India their first defeat in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship. It was the seam movement and swing early on in the game that saw the Black Caps get the better of India batsman in the Test series opener.
Ahead of the second Test in Christchurch, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has shared a picture of the pitch with a hilarious caption that has left fans quite worried.
On Thursday, the BCCI tweeted, “Spot the pitch” as a picture of the 22-yard strip wash shared on social media.
In what looked like an incredibly green surface, the fans on social media started to predict another batting collapse for the Indian team considering the way the hosts undid Kohli and his men on a not-so-green surface in the first Test.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 27, 2020
The fans have been vocal of their interpretation of the pitch, having looked at the picture that the BCCI shared. Many believe that India batsmen will again struggle against swing bowling if Kohli loses the toss, and his men walk out to bat first.
As usual, Kohli will loose the toss and the great Indian batting order will collapse once again leading to another embarrassing defeat.
— Anurag Gupta (@agupta30481) February 27, 2020
— Adam Dhoni (@AdamDhoni1) February 27, 2020
Let's play 🎾@Wimbledon
— Jinit Shirke (@MrShirke_411) February 27, 2020
India can take early return flight
— My Name is Sanghi 🚩 (@bagga_daku) February 27, 2020
Prithvi shaw got a fever after looking at pitch
— Kapil (@kapilgeel) February 27, 2020
— Proud भारतीय 🇮🇳 (@irahulchitti) February 27, 2020
Green Top. Indian Batsman dancing Once Again 😂.
— Tanuj Kumar Singh (@iamTanujSi) February 27, 2020
— ♏αnthαn (@Manthansinh_) February 27, 2020
Again a green garden
— Avi (@_Avinash_18) February 27, 2020
Indian team: pic.twitter.com/CUO6FMqfQC
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Absolutely… they will swing the ball and get India all out for below 150 and we will bowl to them seam up straight deliveries, they will declare at 400. We lose by an innings.
— Benny Jacob (@yoursbenny) February 27, 2020
U can graze the cattles here for a week
— Amey Kulkarni (@im_Amey18) February 27, 2020
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