Ravi Shastri taunts Wankhede pitch curator for ‘flat’ track

Furious after South Africa piled on the agony by scoring 438 runs at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium against India on Sunday, team director Ravi Shastri abused the curator of the pitch Sudhir Naik, a former India opener, for producing a wicket that offered hardly any assistance to the Indian spinners, primarily.

Taking a sarcastic dig at Naik, Shastri first said, “Great wicket”, and followed with a cuss word saying, “G****** T*** Wicket” ( in Marathi). Naik, taking offence to Shastri’s remark, retorted by saying, “Don’t teach me about wicket, I have also played for India.” Naik, it is learnt, soon took up the matter with a Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) official later in the evening.

“It has been conveyed to us by Naik that Ravi Shastri had abused him during the match once South Africa’s innings was over. We haven’t received anything in written from Naik, will see if we receive any written complaint,” said one top MCA official on the condition of anonymity.

The matter has even reached the top officials of the BCCI. Both Naik and Shastri were unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts made by HT. According to an MCA official, Sudhir Naik was appointed as pitch consultant in an honorary capacity a month ago to oversee three grounds affiliated to the MCA: Wankhede, BKC and Kandivali.

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