Highlights

  • India defeated South Africa by 7 wickets in the 2nd Test match
  • 107 overs in total were bowled during the 2nd Test match

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India beat South Africa by seven wickets in a match that was played for just 106.2 overs and ended in a day and a little over one session and South Africa head coach Shukri Conrad Thursday termed the Newlands surface as "not great"

It was a pitch where you needed more luck than skill: SA head coach Shukri Conrad

South Africa head coach Shukri Conrad Thursday termed the Newlands surface on which the shortest Test match in the history of the game was played as "not great" and where sheer luck trumped pure skill.

India beat South Africa by seven wickets in a match that was played for just 106.2 overs and ended in a day and a little over one session.

"I don't know what people want me to say. You only need to look at the scores. 1.5-day Test match! You need to look at how they chased 80 (79). Sad state when you need more luck than skill. All the ethics and values of Test cricket goes out the window," Conrad, a former Western Province cricketer, lashed out after the series ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

Since he has been a Western Province coach and the proverbial insider, he was asked about the surface where balls were just flying from length.

"I don't know what's going on here. I have moved on. Not in a position to know the goings on between the walls here. Everybody knows the wicket wasn't great," his frank observation would hurt Cricket South Africa (CSA) as well as the Western Province bosses.

Conrad sympathised with chief curator of Newlands, Braam Mong, who, according to the Proteas head coach, might just have "over-prepared" the surface.

"I know Braam Mong. Braam is a good guy. Sometimes good guys do bad things or make mistakes. This doesn't make him a rubbish groundsman. There will be a lot of learnings for him. I might pop in here and have a word with him to see what he is seeing.

"You have to feel for the groundsmen too. He wants to get it right too... so the wicket might be over-prepared. Take it on the chin," said Conrad.

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