Indian spinners have succesfully tortured South African batsmen on the pitch in the ongoing Test series. The Proteas have struggled big time judging the areas Indian spinners would bowl in, and as a result have gifted their wickets to the likes of Amit Mishra, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
But after the debacle in Nagpur, many critics have slammed the curators for making a wicket on which the Test did not last more than three days. And some have gone on to say it is because of the pitches that the Indian spinners have picked up so many wickets.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra is not really happy about this. He has said Indian spinners should get more credit, and not the pitches.
"Yes, we have not been given due credit with so much talk about the pitch. Our achievements should have been highlighted more and talked about. Our home conditions have been like this for the past 15 years, and not from today. When we went to Sri Lanka, we got turning tracks there and bowled well," Mishra told reporters on Tuesday in New Delhi ahead of the fourth Test match against South Africa.
"I thought if the spinners are bowling well, at least praise them for doing well. It is not that spinners got wickets only because of these pitches. We have done well outside the country as well."
The 33-year-old leggie picked up the wicket of Hashim Amla in the second innings of the third Test and helped India open the floodgates and clinch the series. Mishra felt it was the South African batsmen who did not live up to their batting standards in this series.
"Like we get bounce outside sub-continent, it is a given that there will be more turn on offer when teams come to India. It is all about adaptability. They need to do their homework and improve their batting technique on pitches that offer turn. I believe they are under a lot of pressure because we have not given them boundary balls," said Mishra.