India, Oct. 9 -- A return to the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium would've brought back plenty of negative memories for Virat Kohli. The last time he played a Test here, against Australia in February 2017, everything that could possibly go wrong did. The plan to surprise Australia batsmen with a turning track backfired. And once the opposition's spinners exploited the conditions better, India lost by 333 runs.

The ICC went on to rate the Pune wicket poor, and no real answers came out once a blame game ensued; the local officials accusing the BCCI curator for an eleventh-hour interference.

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