India v Australia, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 5th day October 13, 2010

Give Tests to venues that care - Dhoni


MS Dhoni has asked for Tests to be played at venues that have a history of supporting the format with big attendances, and has appreciated the support received from the Bangalore crowd during the course of India's victory against Australia. Of India's 10 Test venues - Hyderabad being the newest - Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Mohali and to an extent Delhi are known for their lukewarm response to Test cricket.

"Maybe some of these centres where people come up to see Test matches can be given preference over some other centres where people don't come in large numbers to watch Test matches," Dhoni said. "After all, if taken in the right sense, we are the performers in the circus, but you need the circus to be full. It [this comment] should be taken in the right sense."

Dhoni and his men liked what they saw in Bangalore. Three of the days - the weekend and the final day - were almost sold out. "It really helps the players who are on the field," Dhoni said. "Frankly speaking, in the 45th or 50th over, when the fast bowler comes for his second or third spell, it's the crowd that gets him going, apart from the fact that he is supposed to do well for the team and the country. You need some kind of a motivation, and especially because we're used to playing IPL and ODIs in front of 30000 or 40000 or 50000 people, you want that kind of a crowd."

Throughout the last five days, the spectators have been India's 12th man. They cheered every special effort by the Indians, appealed when the bowler appealed, got off their seats when Sachin Tendulkar and other batsmen played good strokes, and appreciated every good effort by the fielders. Some of them booed the Australians, but many were appreciative.

"It was a remarkable crowd," Dhoni said. "Throughout the five days there were good crowds, and on the final day it was literally house full. You could see as many people in the stands as in a Twenty20 or ODI match. They supported good cricket more than anything else."

They did get their money's worth. Not only did they watch their home side complete a clean sweep against Australia, they saw Tendulkar go level with Virender Sehwag as the Indian with the most double-centuries; they saw Cheteshwar Pujara, the debutant, play an innings he wouldn't mind as his epitaph; they saw M Vijay, a stylish batsman, add substance to his game at Test level; they saw Ricky Ponting bat beautifully but fall disappointingly short; they saw Zaheer Khan and Ben Hilfenhaus create wickets on flat pitches. The Indian team thanked the crowd with a deserved lap of the ground.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    please from next time do not put a test match in grounds like nagpur, kanpur,vadodara.

  • Senthil on October 16, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Conclusion after seeing all the Comments here mostly agree with 4 Test Venues: KOLKATA, CHENNAI, BENGALURU and MUMBAI. This 4 Test Venues must get a Test at every possibility and if BCCI want to have Rotation Policy then Give 3 TEST to this Venues each and then 1 to other. or 2 Test to 1 for Other venues. That will balance act. No one cry about we are not getting Test Matches.

  • Senthil on October 16, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    I think BCCI Should take away Rotation Policy and Play More Tests in Kolkata and Chennai - The Best Grounds in India and more Historic Stadiums as well and then we have Bengaluru and Mumbai. This 4 Venues should get the most important for any high profile series against Countries like Aus, SA and Eng. The other venues like Delhi, Mohali, Kanpur can get other matches like the Matches against Lanka, NZ and WI. When you go to Australia every time we get to play in Melbourne and Sydney and even Adelaide is a Regular Test Venue. So why we deny those? Last time England where saying they were denied to have Tests in Chennai and Kolkata (Eventually they got a Test in Chennai after the Drama) and quoted we are scheduling the Matches in Lords and Oval every time India plays to get a houseful crowd and offer wonderful Grounds but where as we get back non Metro cities where our Fans find tough to Stay. So Please Use this 4 Venues mostly and give other test or Give only limited over games to those

  • Himanshu on October 16, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    i was there also on weekends and on final day of match.. specially G stand was full because every single time Sachin fielded there.. really amazed

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    i was there ... 2 b a part f this historic..moment

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    The bangalore crowd was awesome ! No offence , The stadium would be jam-packed all the 5 days ina test match in chennai , aacd to me test matches should b conducted regularly in Chennai, Bangalore and Eden Gardens..

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    I think India should just have 6 test venues:Kolkata,Bangalore,Chennai,Delhi and Mumbai.The 6th venue can be rotated between Nagpur Kanpur and Mohali and Ahmedabad.I remember when England played the 3rd test at Mumbai 2006 it was a full house on all 5days even tho India lost the crowd was there.Test cricket should be preserved and the BCCI should stop palying politics with the rotation policy!!Max 6 home tests should be played at home in a year like in Aus England and SA!!

  • ravi on October 15, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    i think bangalore,mumbai,kolkata,cheenai,delhi must on host test and other statioums can host odi's.

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Absolutely. More test cricket must be played at such venues, while the others must host ODIs & T20s.

  • vignesh on October 15, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    We also need to keep in mind the issue of humidity,Chennai is a very hot and humid place.I think its more ideal for T-20/ODI's,imagine these poor guys bowling 40-50 overs they will be drained out by the end of third day. Either ways Benda kalooru rocks.

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