Proteas registered their lowest score after entering the International arena post the aparthied era as a record 20 wickets fell on Day 2 of the third Test at the VCA Stadium.
"Can we not actually be absolutely upright and question the technique of the batsman of both the teams. Why are we shying away from that and blaming the pitch? It is a typical Indian pitch where the ball is going to turn. The demons are there in the batsmen's mind, the demon is not in the surface," Gavaskar said.
"When it is spinning and turning and bouncing then I would say that yes, the pitch has got something to do with it. Yes, it's not a great wicket to bat on, I agree, but do not blame this wickets for so many wickets to have fallen so far. It's been terrible batting by both teams," the batting legend added.

A host of international players included Michael Vaughan, Mathew Hayden, David Lloyd and Wasim Akram have commented on what they believe is a 'diabolical' pitch but Gavaskar sees no truth behind the hype.

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