Samir Chopra July 29, 2010

Begging for mercy

Sometimes, even the cricket-fan-in-exile can be spoiled for choice when it comes to live cricket
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Sometimes, even the cricket-fan-in-exile can be spoiled for choice when it comes to live cricket. Today, I was presented with the opportunity to watch not one, but two Test matches: India v Sri Lanka and Pakistan v England. So what's an Indian fan like me to do? Watch Pakistan v England of course.

The reason for that goes back some thirty odd years to the late seventies. That's when I became aware that there were an awful lot of drawn games played in India (they were also the years that India played host to a couple of promising, but severely World Series Cricket-weakened teams). But nothing quite drilled that message home like the snorefest of the 1981-82 series against England. I don't think I'm alone in saying that something in me died that year.

Since then, the subcontinent has seen its share of exciting cricket but it's also provided some of the most pointless and turgid games in the history of the game. While it might seem that there have been more of these in recent times (I'm thinking in particular of the India-Pakistan series of 2005-06), I suspect the proportion of drawn games has remained roughly the same over the years. It's just that our collective patience has run out.

So this morning, there was little chance that I would tune in to the SSC Test. Why not watch a game instead where you could see the world's most promising fast bowler in action, in conditions that might help him? A game where there promised to be some movement toward a result? (As I write, my pick has been an inspired one - Mohammed Aamer has put in a beautiful spell for three wickets, and Mohammad Asif has bowled Kevin Pietersen with a peach).

Meanwhile, the carnage taking place at the SSC reminds us that spectators don't like fast scoring in Tests if it doesn't lead to a result. India and Sri Lanka have combined to score at some 328 runs per day. But it all feels a little flat, doesn't it?

No one, not us bloggers with too much time on our hands, or cricket fans the world over who vote with their feet, has tired of making the same point again and again: run-fests like the SSC one will kill Test cricket more surely than the IPL ever will. But there is little evidence that anyone is listening.

The most astonishing thing about the current state of affairs in Test cricket is that the world of cricket could have had it all. The way Test cricket had been played had changed for the better thanks to the influence of limited-overs cricket: the fielding was better; batsmen had a wider range of attacking strokes (and a slight concomitant loss of defensive technique); technology had aided in making more close-line decisions go the fielding side's way. The balance of the game had the potential to tilt, finally, just a little away from the batsman. Test cricket could, and would have, settled into a more result-oriented trajectory had the last piece in the puzzle been taken care of: the pitches.

But, no, the urge to self-destruct lies deep within Test cricket. And so we find ourselves at this pass. Where even a devoted fan of Test cricket cannot bother himself to check the highlights of a game. (I haven't done so for the SSC Test).

So, thank you, Aamer, Asif and Umar. And thank you gloomy English summer. It's brightened up this day of mine in a way that the glaring sun at the SSC hasn't been able to.

Samir Chopra lives in Brooklyn and teaches Philosophy at the City University of New York. He tweets here

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  • RC on August 1, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    @thongale: Feroz shah kotla borefests ok. But eden gardens???!!!

  • aHMED on August 1, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    dead pitches, dead bowling attacks, mindless home boards and ICC and above all we superstar batsmen and captains who are racking up runs and making records selfishly without even trying for a result.. if all that was not enough to kill test cricket, we have stars like mahela jayawardane making statements that this kind of test is a challange, that this is better than a test that last 3 days because of lethal bowling, that a test pitch should be filled with runs so it can last all five days, that 400 runs in a day is a great achievement... and these guys are professionals... keep killing test cricket, so much so that a die hard fan will doubt his own sanity. I love test cricket but why should i invest my time for incompetant critket.. Draw can be interesting, a competitive contest, not these pathetic excuse of test matches.

  • preet on July 31, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    all of you criticising the srilanka vs india match must note that the bowling strengths of both sides are really poor as compared to their batting strengths.

    with respect to the pitch, it was dead in both matches in the first test, its just the ill fortune of the indian side that they were all out 60 runs before follow on th 4th day, if not sri lanka would have had to bat the whole day , and the match would have been a draw.

    the same result would have occurred at the 2nd match if not for sachin getting india past the follow on. everyone should be praising sachin for bailing india out of a tough situation, down 0-1 in the series, and 3 wickets down and trailing by 460 runs and he bailed india out.

    and @steve, about sachin bloating his average, what about ponting playing 6 test matches against england ,new zealand & windies every 2 years, is not 3 matches enough.

  • anil on July 31, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    As much we can crib about (including me) the current drawn test @ssc, please donot take the site off the fact this has been the decade and a half of Bowling as well. Look around - A good bowler has to bowl in multiple formats of the game and fast bowlers are manging 500+ wickets in Test as well in ODI, Spin bowlers are managing 500, 600, 700 and 800 wickets. It was the same placid wicket in the test before where Murali-Malinga of Lanka took 20 wickets. What 's the fuss?

  • Nampally on July 31, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    The SSC test match was painful to watch. The pitch had been tailor made for batsmen. The bowling was poor to average on both the sides. The batsmen who got out gave away their wickets either due to rash strokes, carelessness or tiredness under humid, hot weather.There was no battle between batsmen's skill and bowlers' guile.That is why the England Vs. Pakistan match was more appealing. Pakistan has 3 excellent fast bowlers but their batting is poor. England has above average bowling & average batting. So there was a keen battle.India should never send out a side with such poor bowling. If there are no bowlers develop them from school level onwards thru' coaching camps. Harbhajan, India's star bowlers was attrocious to put it mildly with 2 for 183.How can Dhoni say he is satisfied with his bowling? Are Indian standards so low? I would have gone in with Ashwin & M.Kathick in spin, Nehra, Mithun & Yadev in Pace + 6 batsmen.This combination may give India better chance of winning.

  • sunil on July 31, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    @ali_a:Ha ha ha Look who is speaking.Pakistani wicket have been so dead that their ballers have to indulge in ball tampering incident.Those who lives in glass house should not throw stone at others.

  • ted on July 31, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    BRavo could not agree more would tendulkar like to make for a result i am sure.no wonder murali retired after last match.solution if curatir makeroads instead of pitches make them timeless at least will get a result dont know about the bowlers shoulder thou

  • Mac on July 31, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    Samir, not trying to defend that dead pitch, but here is an alternative viewpoint. What is a result-oriented pitch? Should we be preparing seaming or turning pitches in order to eliminate draws even when the bowling attacks are as poor and insipid as India and Sri Lanka's? Remember that a Test match is also a test of the bowlers. Would it have been fair if the tiddlywinks bowlers that India and Sri Lanka had in this game had taken 40 wickets in 4 days, despite their inaccuracy, inconsistency and complete lack of skill? Just like batsmen are expected to step up and concentrate on seaming or turning pitches, bowlers are also expected to try harder on batsmen-friendly wickets. I somehow doubt a game involving teams like Australia, Pakistan or South Africa with good bowling attacks would have been a draw on even this pitch.

  • Jim on July 31, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    I fail to get why people complain. There should be some tests where one team scores 650 and the other team plays to score at least 450 to avoid follow-on. There should be some batting paradises too. Where else would you learn to bat patiently, without getting carried away? Do you learn that in a headingley pitch after asking Pakistan to bowl first? I don't think Raina or anyone else batting achievements are decreased in stature by the pitch, nor it is boring to watch, I'm a die-hard test fan and I enjoyed the game. If anyone says he's die hard fan, he must have enjoyed. Though I agree that every test should not be like this, it is bad to complain when it happens some times. In the first test, India failed to draw and in the second they made amends to the mistakes. This is interesting in a way & I love it. I can't wait to see who would bat first in third test & if SL bats again and scores 750 next time, I would happily see how Indians react to that. That's called Patience & Test Cricket

  • Afridi on July 31, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    @Sriram: probably would score a 100 after Akmal has dropped him half a dozen times. India and SL both need to address this problem, Pakistan has always been unselfish with pitches, we made flat batting pitches even though our strength lay with our batting, see thats being a good host.

  • RC on August 1, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    @thongale: Feroz shah kotla borefests ok. But eden gardens???!!!

  • aHMED on August 1, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    dead pitches, dead bowling attacks, mindless home boards and ICC and above all we superstar batsmen and captains who are racking up runs and making records selfishly without even trying for a result.. if all that was not enough to kill test cricket, we have stars like mahela jayawardane making statements that this kind of test is a challange, that this is better than a test that last 3 days because of lethal bowling, that a test pitch should be filled with runs so it can last all five days, that 400 runs in a day is a great achievement... and these guys are professionals... keep killing test cricket, so much so that a die hard fan will doubt his own sanity. I love test cricket but why should i invest my time for incompetant critket.. Draw can be interesting, a competitive contest, not these pathetic excuse of test matches.

  • preet on July 31, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    all of you criticising the srilanka vs india match must note that the bowling strengths of both sides are really poor as compared to their batting strengths.

    with respect to the pitch, it was dead in both matches in the first test, its just the ill fortune of the indian side that they were all out 60 runs before follow on th 4th day, if not sri lanka would have had to bat the whole day , and the match would have been a draw.

    the same result would have occurred at the 2nd match if not for sachin getting india past the follow on. everyone should be praising sachin for bailing india out of a tough situation, down 0-1 in the series, and 3 wickets down and trailing by 460 runs and he bailed india out.

    and @steve, about sachin bloating his average, what about ponting playing 6 test matches against england ,new zealand & windies every 2 years, is not 3 matches enough.

  • anil on July 31, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    As much we can crib about (including me) the current drawn test @ssc, please donot take the site off the fact this has been the decade and a half of Bowling as well. Look around - A good bowler has to bowl in multiple formats of the game and fast bowlers are manging 500+ wickets in Test as well in ODI, Spin bowlers are managing 500, 600, 700 and 800 wickets. It was the same placid wicket in the test before where Murali-Malinga of Lanka took 20 wickets. What 's the fuss?

  • Nampally on July 31, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    The SSC test match was painful to watch. The pitch had been tailor made for batsmen. The bowling was poor to average on both the sides. The batsmen who got out gave away their wickets either due to rash strokes, carelessness or tiredness under humid, hot weather.There was no battle between batsmen's skill and bowlers' guile.That is why the England Vs. Pakistan match was more appealing. Pakistan has 3 excellent fast bowlers but their batting is poor. England has above average bowling & average batting. So there was a keen battle.India should never send out a side with such poor bowling. If there are no bowlers develop them from school level onwards thru' coaching camps. Harbhajan, India's star bowlers was attrocious to put it mildly with 2 for 183.How can Dhoni say he is satisfied with his bowling? Are Indian standards so low? I would have gone in with Ashwin & M.Kathick in spin, Nehra, Mithun & Yadev in Pace + 6 batsmen.This combination may give India better chance of winning.

  • sunil on July 31, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    @ali_a:Ha ha ha Look who is speaking.Pakistani wicket have been so dead that their ballers have to indulge in ball tampering incident.Those who lives in glass house should not throw stone at others.

  • ted on July 31, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    BRavo could not agree more would tendulkar like to make for a result i am sure.no wonder murali retired after last match.solution if curatir makeroads instead of pitches make them timeless at least will get a result dont know about the bowlers shoulder thou

  • Mac on July 31, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    Samir, not trying to defend that dead pitch, but here is an alternative viewpoint. What is a result-oriented pitch? Should we be preparing seaming or turning pitches in order to eliminate draws even when the bowling attacks are as poor and insipid as India and Sri Lanka's? Remember that a Test match is also a test of the bowlers. Would it have been fair if the tiddlywinks bowlers that India and Sri Lanka had in this game had taken 40 wickets in 4 days, despite their inaccuracy, inconsistency and complete lack of skill? Just like batsmen are expected to step up and concentrate on seaming or turning pitches, bowlers are also expected to try harder on batsmen-friendly wickets. I somehow doubt a game involving teams like Australia, Pakistan or South Africa with good bowling attacks would have been a draw on even this pitch.

  • Jim on July 31, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    I fail to get why people complain. There should be some tests where one team scores 650 and the other team plays to score at least 450 to avoid follow-on. There should be some batting paradises too. Where else would you learn to bat patiently, without getting carried away? Do you learn that in a headingley pitch after asking Pakistan to bowl first? I don't think Raina or anyone else batting achievements are decreased in stature by the pitch, nor it is boring to watch, I'm a die-hard test fan and I enjoyed the game. If anyone says he's die hard fan, he must have enjoyed. Though I agree that every test should not be like this, it is bad to complain when it happens some times. In the first test, India failed to draw and in the second they made amends to the mistakes. This is interesting in a way & I love it. I can't wait to see who would bat first in third test & if SL bats again and scores 750 next time, I would happily see how Indians react to that. That's called Patience & Test Cricket

  • Afridi on July 31, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    @Sriram: probably would score a 100 after Akmal has dropped him half a dozen times. India and SL both need to address this problem, Pakistan has always been unselfish with pitches, we made flat batting pitches even though our strength lay with our batting, see thats being a good host.

  • ali_a on July 30, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Should we remind Indian fans of the dead wickets that were made just to make India no. 1 in not just long ago India-Sri Lanka series? Or the one with a dreadful wicket under Anil Kumble's captaincy where Pak lost by 1 game? India should not be slamming other countries for making dead wickets when its the master of creating dead wickets...

  • Vijay Hanchatey on July 30, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Guys,

    There is too much being said by too many people just because of one drawn test. Everybody knows that in recent years the numbers results in test matches (that India played) have yielded results. Ofcourse India has been (in some cases) lethargic in forcing results in few of those tests. But there is nothing wrong in just one drawn test. I am sure the next test match would yield a result. Also we should look at how or what people would have said if India would have collapsed on the 4th day instead of Sachin getting his double and Raina his maiden ton. This was a match which India had to save first and then look to force a result. At this point I would look forward to the next test with our batsman finally warming up, except Dravid and Laxman. Hope they score good in next test and also hope our bowlers do well and could force a result ... Wishful thinking..

  • Abhilash on July 30, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    first of all the series itself is pointless....the third ind-sl test series in 2 years--plus such placid tracks will only add to the boredom....aus-pak and eng-pak r both more interesting....even eng-bang....on the first day of the eng-pak test england scored 331 runs and lost only 4 wickets....today they lost 6 for just 23.....it is such an unexpected turn of events that makes Test cricket a really exciting sport....but the same can't be said for the SSC test......honestly, it shud be the ICC rather than the home team who take responsibility for producing pitches.....feeling sad that don bradman's record for most centuries at a venue was broken at such a poor pitch......the MCG is a far more challenging venue for batsmen........

  • pg on July 30, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Just like the Australian board is trying new innovations in one day cricket like spilt over one dayers .. we should try some thing like that in test cricket.. Single innings , with one side batting one day , the other side the next day and so on, upto a max of four days.. Whoever scores more runs wins.. less complicated more fun..700 plus runs per innings with one team batting 3 + days is no fun..

  • RR on July 30, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    I think every one is missing a point. The toothless attack that India has and combined with weekend Sri lankan bowling (due to two missing M) this was always going to be a run fest. Although pitch did play its part, but there is no denying the fact that this sleep inducing match was due to totally inept Indian & Sri lankan bowling. A pakistan & england match at the same venue would have been more exciting (and result oriented) due to better class bowlers they have.

  • Imran on July 30, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    I just love watching cricket in england.Be it any pitch/ground.Those green grass,excellent telecast by skysports and great commentary adds to the interest.In the subcontinent cricketing boards are corrupt and all they ant is money.Iam so bored of these ind-sl matches.I just dont want to see them play again in a decade or so.

  • RogerC on July 30, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    What if India lost this match similar to the first test? Would it have been interesting then? If one team scores at 642-4, then the other team can only play to save the match. All teams would have done the same thing India did.

  • microcricket on July 30, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Yawn...just woke up to see that the match is a draw..what else to expect with the type of pitch that was provided for the game. I agree with all the other comments regarding the lousy pitch, this is what kills the interest in test matches in the age of limited over cricket and T20. SLC should have done better. However there were some good batting displays and well done to Suresh Raina on his achievement of centuries in all forms of cricket. Surprising to hear that he has played 98 ODI's before being considered for a test match..what a waste of talent, hope he get the chances he needs now.

  • vibh_ch on July 30, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    The only way,at least as it seems now,that India could think of winning a test this series,even without taking 20 wickets this series,was to declare early,let SL score a few,then hope for a Sehwag special.But it also depended on SL captain,whether he would have opted for a result or go for batting practice,still be 1-0 up when they next meet at P Sara.So Dhoni has understood his opposite number very well,a result of having played each other,visited each other's home on a consistent basis.Bingo BCCI and SLC!!!!

  • vibh_ch on July 30, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Right.This is just disgusting.Once India got through to around 400 with wickets still intact,the match lost its significance,as they would not have had to follow on,and as a result,the match would be another stalemate.But I give credit to Suresh Raina,for coming into his debut test with such a positive intent that it was difficult to recognize that he was on his debut.His positivity definitely rubbed off on sachin and he started to play more freely.For sure,that crap Mr.Yuvraj Singh would not have done half good as Raina,and India would have found themselves following on and also a few wickets down by the end of 4th day.Then the match would not have been as boring as it is now,despite the pitch.Making it interesting is probably in the handa of the captains of the opposing teams.But for that you need to be fearless.I guess Mr.Dhoni and Mr.Sangakkara do not fit that bill.Still,as for the pitch,it better be banned.

  • KHURRAM SHAHZAD on July 30, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    I am also the fan of Viru & i like it when he knocks but its pity to find such a lousy pitch. Viru is nt the only one, almost everyone has scored. So i would nt like to give any credit to Sehwag. Better luck next time when others might not be able to score like this. thanks to pitch for improving all our averages.

  • uglyhunK on July 30, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    There are more result in the past decade that ever in the history of test cricket.

  • Steve on July 30, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    Well said Samir.

    Part of me thinks these tests are just staged to hasten test crickets decline, and fuel hunger for T20. There is alot of money to be made out of T20, so the subcontinent boards (BCCI) are only too happy to put more nails in test crickets coffin.

    ..all with the added bonus of allowing Tendulkar to bloat out his batting average and run aggregate even further.

    Steve.

  • waterbuffalo on July 30, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Not only are the pitches flat/dead in SL/India and Pakistan, but also in the Windies. The only Tests worth watching are in South Africa, Australia, England and NZ, but do the cricket authorities care? No they do not. Time to go back to uncovered wickets. Then Sachin's record can stay forever, and some bowling records can be broken. A double century at the SSC is nothing compared to a 70 at the MCG or Brisbane.

  • Rahul Shastri on July 29, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    In case there is no threat of a result, there should be a rule to shut the match on day 4. There is absolutely no gain in the bowlers making half hearted runs-in on day 5 and batsmen licking up the porridge.

  • Abhishek on July 29, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    @Samir: I was in same dilemma, when I got up little early today morning and 2 test matches were going on. Though I am very devoted Indian Fan, But still when I had choice, I actually watched Eng Vs Pak. I cannot believe bowlers from either side are not saying bad things about those SL pitches. Anyways Funny part about whole story is while watching ENG Vs PAK, shane warne and naseer hussain was in commentary box. They showed Ind Vs SRL scorecard, and shane warne was quick to take shots as soon as he saw scorecard. Warne said "I am missing very interesting test match in SRL and cannot wait to watch highlights of match." And both started laughing. So even they understood how bad it must be to sit and watch boring IND Vs SRL Test match. In meantime Rameez Raja came back and in his usual way started cursing Kamran Akmal for dropping Strauss. Rameez is worst critic of pakistan cricket. Pakistan shd not allow rameez to do commentary in their matches. But I enjoy watching his commentary.

  • Shobhit Agarwal on July 29, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Well, i second you all,,its not per se about the test cricket only its about the sport. The die heart fans want and love to see a battle b/w both bat and ball and not one totally dominating over other. BAD for cricket good for records!! not a matter to hail!!

  • Pravin on July 29, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    This match must be compared to the abandoned test match in Delhi, ICC must ban Future test matches on this Ground until the wicket is re layed as was the case for Delhi. This can also be compared to terror attack on Sri lankan team in Pakistan . This test match is equally damaging to test cricket as was the terror Attack for Pakistan cricket .

  • Sharekh Jabbar on July 29, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Time and again , we have stood witness to the most Boring Draws on the most Docile wickets on the subcontinent.Its such a pleasure to instead watch neutral countries battle it out on wonderful cricket pitches in England and Australia.I have given up on test cricket in the sub continent .Its really a lost Cause.

  • Satadru Sen on July 29, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    It could be worse, Samir. Imagine Boycott, Tavare and Fletcher batting all day on this SSC track against this Indian bowling attack. The stuff of nightmares.

  • Shiva on July 29, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    Firstly, the match is played Monday to Friday. Secondly, it is played on a pitch deader than a door knob. And then we have debates on why Test cricket is dying?!??! Why don't we even remotely attempt to save the format before we keep talking about its death? I am a die-hard cricket fan and stay up overnight watching games in Toronto. Even I couldn't stay awake after seeing where the match was headed after the first day.

  • patrik on July 29, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    is thhere no other saviour of test cricket other than sehwag who has led india to many wins from situations where draw was inevitable...only sehwag seems to b the 1 who can save test cricket now by his quick scoring and high runs..

  • Prince on July 29, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Ban Srilanka from hosting any test matches further.

  • RM on July 29, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Right on! I have made a point not to watch live feeds of matches in Sri Lanka. I look for highlights on the internet after reading the scorecard at the end of the day. Terrible pitches indeed.

  • Dr Ajay Jain on July 29, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    I guess India and SL board should think of 5-6 test series so that every player will get a chance to notch up double-triple century.

  • SS on July 29, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Infusion of new technology, UDRS, day night matches, test championships--none of those matter unless better suitable pitches are created for Test matches. Excellent article but I don't know if anyone is ready to listen.

    (I could sense the frustration in Tony Greig's commentary. He was probably wondering how much he'd like to do commentary on ENG vs PAK instead...lol)

  • SS on July 29, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    AUS vs PAK and now ENG vs PAK will be a thousand times more interesting to watch than any Test match in these dead pitches of the sub-continent. Test matches are supposed to be a test of bat vs ball, not bat vs bat. You don't win test matches by just scoring a double-century or scoring 700 runs in an innings. You win test matches by taking 20 wickets. It is pointless to watch Test matches on dead pitches. I have been trying to watch IND vs SRL and I watched two and a half days of it until I got fed up and realized that ENG vs PAK was starting today. It was so much better and even the 150+ partnership between Collingwood and Morgan was entertaining to watch and sets up an exciting Day 2. There should be no test matches played on SSC until the pitch is fixed, and ICC needs to implement rules on the basic requirements for a Test pitch. Pitches should be inspected before matches and deemed suitable for a Test match that actually tests bat vs ball.

  • retaish on July 29, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    76 percent of test matches hv had a result in from 2000 onwards,before that it used to be in mid fifties,so dnt worry abt few draws,enjoy the cricket man,result or no result

  • faz osman LANKA on July 29, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    HOPELESS GAME OF CRICKET WHERE THE BOWLERS ARE BEING TREATED AS CONVEYOR BELTS AT THE AIRPORT. NO WONDER CRICKET IS OUTDATED AND TIME CONSUMING AND CANNOT PROSPER AS A SPORT OUTSIDE THE ESTABLISHED TEST NATIONS. WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR TEAMS TO PERPARE BALANCED WICKETS? WHAT WE NEED IS NOT COLORED CLOTHING OR PINK BALLS BUT PROPER WICKETS WHERE THE ONLY CHANCE OF GETTING A BATSMAN OUT IS NOT VIA RUN OUT @!

  • Sanket on July 29, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Test cricket is the sporting version of justice - tough but fair. Bowlers have to work to get wickets and batsmen have to work to survive. Once, the balance shifts to one side - bowler or batsmen - the match's soul is lost. A match like this is not fair for bowlers, as their chances of taking wickets is low, and hence its not cricket.

    Justice degraded is worse than justice denied. Test cricket denigrated is worse than Test cricket dead.

  • Ponmuhil Ravichandran on July 29, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Very rightly said! I am a great supporter of test cricket myself. But, I couldnt agree more when ppl ask would u rather watch an exciting T20 match for 3 hours or a test match like this SSC for 5 days! These pitches (SSC, Colombo) are destroying test cricket. Even worse, I hate the SL attitude over the last decade .. prepare flat tracks, always chose batting while winning the toss, score massive scores at the pace of tortoise, tire out the opponents and then either win or draw. Atleast now with our lovely Indian batting, SL are getting a taste of their own medicine!

  • Khurram on July 29, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Its really amazing that responsibles for organizing test cricket in the India and Sri-Lanka are doing something like that, even the organizers in Pak are like that. I mean atleast Ind/Sri-Lanka cricket controls shoould do better. I hope its not the spectators keeping whom in mind these boards make such decissions of making such poor wickets. Yes ppl in Sub-continent love their legends, and yes they would be dis-appointed if their beloved heroes dont perform well. But they will make new heros of the players who would perform well. So the boards should not be scared. Believe you public, believe me this will give new life to test cricket in sub continent. Play daring cricket dont be scared of the results.

  • thongale on July 29, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    @ sandeep - SL pitches are no where flat as Indian borefests / snorefests. In the subcontinent SL has produced the most amount of result pitches. SSC was a good pitch but should be RIP now. Galle was a very sporting pitch and India crashed to defeat in four days. P Sara has a reputation being a quick pitch. But nothing comes close to Feroh-shah-kotla or Eden Gardens borefests.

  • K.Patel on July 29, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Whilst the test hasn't been exciting...India had a job and that job was not to lose again. Every time India plays out the test for a draw in losing situations cricket fans immediately hammer India. As a Indian fan - I hate to see India lose, no matter the opposition. Subcontinent pitches have become useless to play cricket - nearly all pitches are flat and doesn't offer anything to the bowlers. ICC has to step in and implement some regulations regarding pitches. Both teams lack pace bowlers, which are good at international level.

  • sunil kumar on July 29, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    well I am also a die hard fan of test cricket and not supportive of such dull pitches.But to me nothing can match the pleasure of watching Sachin and sehwag bat.What ever be the nature of wicket I will take 99 of sehwag and century of Sachin any day for the balling of Mohammed amir.U know that innings of sachin will be full of classic shots and sehwag will be exhilirating.

  • harris on July 29, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    The test cricket is dying because of pitches like we see in SSC...pitches in subcontinent are not result oriented because of the defensive approach of subcontinent teams....even the test b/w Aus n Pak not goes for more then 4 days but it is full of excitement...the boards should be penalised on such pitches.i am a die hard fan of test cricket bcoz it is the real test of character of a cricketer....I request ICC plz save test cricket.

  • siva on July 29, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Let the test matches be played with unlimited days and then the result will come at the end - what a pity?

  • Sriram on July 29, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    @Samir - You are missing the point. This was a series just to please the title sponsors, who have launched their products recently in India and has no other purpose. The bloated EGO of BCCI means the players are punished to the maximum. Thankfully Zak is not playing..and one more series to dent Ishant's confidence..What else can you say... definitely no pride in another century from Sachin. I would love to see him take on Amir, Asif at Leeds..though he would still score a 100. What say Samir?

  • sandeep krishnan on July 29, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    that is the reson test cricket is dieing.usless srilanka board they made such a pitch where draw is only possibility.Pls save test cricket

  • Nishant on July 29, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    I could not agree more! You hit the nail right on the head. I am tired of hearing that people in sub-continent are not interested in watching test cricket. They are surely not interested watching this kind of test cricket and I don't blame them for it.

  • JK on July 29, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    The saddest thing about the SSC test was the fact that nobody will remember Suresh Raina debut century or Sachin's double with any fondness or respect....I am a die hard test cricket supporter and I found myself questioning why I was watching the game...Shameful pitch, to say the least...Cricket boards should be penalized if both teams make almost 700 runs in their first innings...No test attack is that bad (on a proper test wicket)...

  • sai on July 29, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Its a friendly series. Give Murali his 800 wickets and get back a double century, couple of centuries, on debut maybe. Great for records, bad for tests. A session of AUS-PAK match had more excitement than the whole test. Can't wait for the 5th day...not!

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  • sai on July 29, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Its a friendly series. Give Murali his 800 wickets and get back a double century, couple of centuries, on debut maybe. Great for records, bad for tests. A session of AUS-PAK match had more excitement than the whole test. Can't wait for the 5th day...not!

  • JK on July 29, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    The saddest thing about the SSC test was the fact that nobody will remember Suresh Raina debut century or Sachin's double with any fondness or respect....I am a die hard test cricket supporter and I found myself questioning why I was watching the game...Shameful pitch, to say the least...Cricket boards should be penalized if both teams make almost 700 runs in their first innings...No test attack is that bad (on a proper test wicket)...

  • Nishant on July 29, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    I could not agree more! You hit the nail right on the head. I am tired of hearing that people in sub-continent are not interested in watching test cricket. They are surely not interested watching this kind of test cricket and I don't blame them for it.

  • sandeep krishnan on July 29, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    that is the reson test cricket is dieing.usless srilanka board they made such a pitch where draw is only possibility.Pls save test cricket

  • Sriram on July 29, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    @Samir - You are missing the point. This was a series just to please the title sponsors, who have launched their products recently in India and has no other purpose. The bloated EGO of BCCI means the players are punished to the maximum. Thankfully Zak is not playing..and one more series to dent Ishant's confidence..What else can you say... definitely no pride in another century from Sachin. I would love to see him take on Amir, Asif at Leeds..though he would still score a 100. What say Samir?

  • siva on July 29, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Let the test matches be played with unlimited days and then the result will come at the end - what a pity?

  • harris on July 29, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    The test cricket is dying because of pitches like we see in SSC...pitches in subcontinent are not result oriented because of the defensive approach of subcontinent teams....even the test b/w Aus n Pak not goes for more then 4 days but it is full of excitement...the boards should be penalised on such pitches.i am a die hard fan of test cricket bcoz it is the real test of character of a cricketer....I request ICC plz save test cricket.

  • sunil kumar on July 29, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    well I am also a die hard fan of test cricket and not supportive of such dull pitches.But to me nothing can match the pleasure of watching Sachin and sehwag bat.What ever be the nature of wicket I will take 99 of sehwag and century of Sachin any day for the balling of Mohammed amir.U know that innings of sachin will be full of classic shots and sehwag will be exhilirating.

  • K.Patel on July 29, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Whilst the test hasn't been exciting...India had a job and that job was not to lose again. Every time India plays out the test for a draw in losing situations cricket fans immediately hammer India. As a Indian fan - I hate to see India lose, no matter the opposition. Subcontinent pitches have become useless to play cricket - nearly all pitches are flat and doesn't offer anything to the bowlers. ICC has to step in and implement some regulations regarding pitches. Both teams lack pace bowlers, which are good at international level.

  • thongale on July 29, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    @ sandeep - SL pitches are no where flat as Indian borefests / snorefests. In the subcontinent SL has produced the most amount of result pitches. SSC was a good pitch but should be RIP now. Galle was a very sporting pitch and India crashed to defeat in four days. P Sara has a reputation being a quick pitch. But nothing comes close to Feroh-shah-kotla or Eden Gardens borefests.