Johannesburg, Jan 25 (PTI) Former Test captains Sunil Gavaskar and Shaun Pollock today criticised the wicket on offer for the ongoing the third and final cricket Test between India and South Africa, terming it a “completely bowler- friendly pitch”. Also Read - Maharashtra's Single-day COVID Count Crosses 10,000-Mark, Mumbai Reports 1,174 Fresh Cases

Gavaskar was of the view that Test match pitches needed to be of sporting nature. Also Read - Maharashtra COVID-19 Surge: Curfew Imposed in Hingoli, Becomes 5th District to Face Lockdown | Check Details

“You can get a very flat surface which is totally in favour of batsmen. This is a pitch which is totally in favour of bowlers,” Gavaskar said while commenting on the pitch for SuperSport television. Also Read - Photos From Nagpur Sitabuldi Main Road On A Day Maharashtra Reports Nearly 7,000 New COVID Cases

Pollock went a level higher and termed the surface as a bad one.

“If you’ve got deliveries behaving like this on day two of a Test match it can’t be judged a good surface,” he said.

Pollock compared the Wanderers pitch with the Nagpur wicket of 2015 which was rated “poor” by the ICC when South Africa toured India.

“You go to India and get a surface like Nagpur where it turned too much. This can’t be judged a good surface because as a batsman you are never in,” he said.

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