India news November 8, 2015

Wankhede curator withdraws complaint against Shastri

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Faf du Plessis was one of three South Africans to make a century on a featherbed of a Mumbai pitch © BCCI

Sudhir Naik, the curator at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, has agreed to withdraw his complaint against India team director Ravi Shastri and bowling coach B Arun over their alleged outbursts after India were thumped by South Africa on October 25 to lose the ODI series 2-3.

A Mumbai Cricket Association press release said their vice-president Dilip Vengsarkar had met with Naik and Shastri and advised both parties to "bury the matter" that had come about as a result of a "misunderstanding."

India have been asking for pitches that suited their strength, namely slow turners. But Naik's complaint claimed he had not received any input from the team management regarding the type of surface they wanted. So a batsman-friendly track was provided and South Africa took full toll. AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis struck centuries and posted a total of 438 and dealt India their second-biggest loss in terms of runs - 214. The series was also lost 2-3.

After the match, Shastri is understood to have sarcastically complimented Naik, saying "Great wicket," and he allegedly followed that with an expletive, which led to a heated exchange. Shastri, however, denied that he used the expletive.

Naik's letter to the MCA had also mentioned that Arun had complained of the nature of the pitch and it was unnecessary for the bowling coach to have a go at Naik's assistant Rajesh Mhamunkar, who looks after the Wankhede track for all non-international matches.

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  • Silent on November 10, 2015, 11:21 GMT

    I think common sense is the only thing that is required for any curator to prepare pitches. Do they have to wait for official word from their bosses to prepare balanced wickets. If they don't receive any communication from their bosses would they make such a flat track? Maybe Shastri was wrong in venting his frustration but this curator must be definitely sacked atleast for his stupid excuses. This guy doesn't have the ability to think or use his common sense. I would have been happier for SA if they had trashed us on a balanced wicket, but these type of wickets are completely unacceptable. BCCI would have communicated regarding their requirements for the pitches to all the 5 curators ( and thats how all the four matches were below 300 affairs and helped bowlers too). This guy would have never opened his email and would have been day-dreaming and missed the message.

  • Mohsin on November 9, 2015, 13:40 GMT

    The problem wasn't d pitch. If u watch d 2nd innings, d ball swung early in d innings & spinners got some turn as well. Tahirs googly dat got MSD turned a mile. The actual problem was India lost d toss. Like in d previous 4 matches, d team dat won d toss & batted 1st won d match as d pitches turned into slow turners in d 2nd innings & it wasn't easy to time ur shots vs pace bowlers. SA batted 1st in Mumbai & for d 1st time all their batsmen clicked for dem & India dropped some crucial catches. Not sure India wud hav got dat many batting 1st. Maybe 325. SA wud hav made a mess of even dat for sure.

  • barry on November 9, 2015, 11:29 GMT

    Saha,daw an& rahane should be dropped from the team. Their performances with the bat have been very ordinary and poor. None of them have played a telling innings.

  • Sandy on November 9, 2015, 9:14 GMT

    whats wrong with a batting friendly strip...if one team can score runs then if the other team is good enough they too can score. For eg the most famous Aus Vs SA match at the Wanderers. India were soundly and fairly thrashed. Anyone complaining about the wicket is just pathetic.

  •   Lalitha Srikumar on November 9, 2015, 7:34 GMT

    Sudhir Naik never refused to prepare a turning track. He is only saying he received no information and in any case he hardly had any time to change the complexion on the wicket. So he is right from his side! Ravi wants to bulldoze everyone. H has conflict of interest on all sides! He needs to fix that before he criticises others !

  • Abhik on November 9, 2015, 5:45 GMT

    Good. No need of hullabaloo over a non-issue. But better to avoid such run-fest road tracks in ODIs. You already have IPL for that.

  • Nirjhar on November 9, 2015, 4:55 GMT

    All curators, including Sudhir Naik, who do not prepare pitches to suit the Indian team must be asked to go asap. This is about India, our country, not individual egos or petty politics or rewarding past cricketers.

    Have never seen or remember any occasion when Australia, England, NZ, SA have cribbed about the Home pitch as the curators did not listen to instructions. Such foolishness happens only in India.

  • ESPN on November 9, 2015, 2:57 GMT

    We all know that indian grounds have issues regarding their poor maintenance! BCCI should handle these grounds well! It seems that they don't pit much consideration over grounds like eden gardens,wenkhede,kochi etc!

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