A day 5 pitch in Indian Test matches is the one where the ball spits venom every time it lands on the surface. Visiting batsmen with poor technique against spin have no clue about the trajectory and they wish for their misery to end as quickly as possible. However, a similar rank turner was replicated on Court No.1 at the All England Club in 2014.
During the third round of the men’s singles at Wimbledon, Grigor Dimitrov, who is always the news for his relationship with Maria Sharapova than for his tennis, took on Alexandr Dogopolov.
Dogopolov achieved a break of serve in the third game of the first set and was serving for a 3-1 lead. Both players kept engaging each other in a long rally through powerful groundstrokes.
Dimitrov tried to force the initiative by taking some pace off the ball through a slice down the line. With almost VVS Laxman-esque precision, Dogopolov made use of his rubber-like wrists and played a drop shot in return.
Dimitrov made an attempt to return and even got to the ball, but the ball spun away ever-so-slightly and missed his attempted return just like a spinning ball past the batsman’s outside edge.
“That is magical!” remarked the commentator on air. It indeed was, watching the cricketing action on a tennis court!