Even as the Wanderers Test will go ahead on a controversial pitch, West Indies legend Michael Holding earlier said that the game should have been called off. He went to the extent of describing the pitch as “S**t”.
“Two out of 100 [is my rating for the pitch]. It’s a s**t pitch. You can interpret that. They should have called it off when Vijay got hit. This is not a cricket pitch, this is dangerous,” Holding told ESPNcricinfo.
“Call it off, forget it. You can’t play cricket on that. I have no idea what has gone wrong but I know it’s not a good cricket pitch. The last time I saw something like this, the match was abandoned – in Jamaica 1998, and it didn’t even last this long,” he added.
India batted with courage to set South Africa 241 to win. The hosts were 17 for 1 when play was called off on Friday after Dean Elgar was hit on the helmet.
--By A Cricket Correspondent