After Monkeygate, we took a green Perth pitch and four tearing Australian fast bowlers head-on and won the match. This team has scored fighting centuries in the tough pitches of South Africa and New Zealand. Kohli scored close to 700 runs in a Test series in Australia.
However whenever the curator tries something new on Indian pitches, our batsmen fall flat. In Ahmedabad in 2008 with South Africa, we were an abysmal 76 all down. The Wankhede pitch is sometimes a totally unplayable dust bowl. In 2004, we made just 104 in the first innings and prevailed only because Australia also collapsed.
But our luck ran out at Wankhede in 2012 when we crashed to 142 in the second innings and that gave a foothold to England and they went on to win the series. And at Pune recently in 2017, none of the batsmen knew what the curator had done with the pitch and the result was two barely 100 plus innings scores.