Rajasthan v Mumbai, IPL 2011, Jaipur May 2, 2011

Warne critical of Mumbai's pitch complaint

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Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne has criticised Mumbai Indians' decision to lodge an official complaint about the pitch in Jaipur after their seven-wicket loss on April 29. On a slow surface Mumbai were restricted to 94 for 8 in 20 overs and slumped to their second defeat of the season.

"I thought it was really disappointing," Warne said of the decision. "I have seen the Kolkata wicket and I have seen a few wickets during the competition. There have been some poor wickets but nobody complains, everyone just gets on with the conditions. I am not having a go at Sachin or anyone, but [for] Mumbai in general, to come here and get outplayed like they did, I think they are using that as an excuse. We suddenly have a pitch inspector here and I thought that was totally out of order and unnecessary."

IPL pitch inspector Venkat Sundaram was present at the Sawai Mansingh stadium on Sunday ahead of Rajasthan's match against Pune Warriors because of Mumbai's complaint, which Warne said put "pressure" on the hosts. "I am sticking for Topash [the curator] and everyone at the Rajasthan Cricket Association because what they are doing is a very good job. When you get outplayed, you should just say you got outplayed."

After the loss to Rajasthan, Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar said the conditions were "different" to those in Mumbai. "[It was a] tough pitch, different to what we played on in Mumbai. Don't want to take the credit away from Rajasthan, who bowled and fielded well. It was two-paced, the ball kept low. We lost early wickets, were not able to rotate strike. A score of 130 would have been a challenging total. We were not able to accelerate in the middle overs."

While Warne said that wicket was "slow", he did not agree it was as bad as Mumbai's performance indicated. "I think the wicket was a little bit slow but it wasn't a 90-wicket, it was 130 wicket. Twenty20 is a about a contest between bat and ball. No one wants to see 50-yard boundaries and the batsmen dominating and the bowler having no chance. I think the crowd and everyone wants to see a fair contest between bat and ball. And what you get here are good batsmen who will get runs and good bowlers who will get wickets.

"There's no disgrace in losing, you should not look for excuses when you get outplayed; you should just give credit to the opposition. I was very disappointed."

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  • on May 3, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Just because he could not face off against Sachin on the cricket field, Warne has decided to do so off it !

  • bigwonder on May 3, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Looks like Warne is back to his old dog tricks, criticizing his opponents. Its the same mind game that Australians are famous for and Sachin is too experienced and cool headed to fall for it. It was a nice try though. By the way does anyone know whats up with Warne's new look? Did he get a botox or something?

  • Dravid_Best on May 3, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Oh Come on... We're now back to seeing Sachin Tendulkar doing what he's so good at... find excuses and not accepting that his team were thoroughly outplayed and outclassed. Sachin should have moved on after the IPL pitch inspector has accepted that the pitch was a playable track. He's making a mountain of a molehill.

  • mightymf2000 on May 3, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Sachin is just a player. He can be critisced unlike what you think MADHUR.KHOSLA.

  • Elan.S on May 3, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    Guys, get over it... Warne just wanted to keep the Sachin Vs Warne hype in tact for the next game they play each other. These are all just marketing tactic to keep the interest going for their team. Just relax and watch the next game between them...

  • vparisa on May 2, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    What about Warne complaining about Kolkotta pitch? Gilly did not like the kotla pitch. No body cries foul!! Sachin himself said 130 would have been a par score and gave the credit to RR which Warne agreed too. I dont think MI has lodged a complaint. If they do it would be in the news. Warne is over reacting.. and Sachin will never react to these comments. Lot of folks say MI is a star studded team... they are a good team like RR. which team in the competition is not good? Shane Watson is any day better than Pollard,he bats as good/better Sharma... Rossy is in better touch than Symo. Botha is an international player and miles head of jacobs/ bowls better than Ali murtaza. Malinga/Harbhajan balance out Warne/Tait.. Rahul Dravid balances out Rayudu with his experience and skill if not runs. Menaria is miles a head of Suman/R Sathish.. Sid Trivedi is an experienced bowler than Abu nechim..Sachin makes all the difference between MI and other teams.. he had a bad day and MI lost. big deaa

  • Quazar on May 2, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    As @Madhur.Khosla has noted... MI have not made any complaint, as per the IPL pitch inspector. Warne, and Cricinfo, pls check the facts before responding / reporting.

  • on May 2, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    I saw complete match and MI played very bad and lose that's why they are excusing........MI players played very poor shot and throw own wickets........In this match all playes were out with own wrong shots not on magic deliveries...........Sachin played worst shot of this IPL than why excusingggg......If you are a great player than difficult pitch can't stop you ......MI's have 6 world class players but they all out with own poor shots..........OK Pitch was bowler friendly than MI's had 5 world class bowlers and they can got benefit and won the match but they did nothing bcoz RR batsmen played well..............So stop blamming on pitch and focus on your matches MI's...............Do Blame on pitches there 170+ runs scored...

  • on May 2, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Mumbai Indians will never let this complaint reflect as Sachin's complaint even though we know he is a moaner. Warnie still going hard (in bed and on groung hehe) at opposition in 40's

  • nikhildevdesai on May 2, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    @Inder, how do you know it was Sachin who filed the complaint or the management, you guys just need an excuse to criticize Tendulkar in any way even after what he has done for cricket in 20 years, shame on you.

  • on May 3, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Just because he could not face off against Sachin on the cricket field, Warne has decided to do so off it !

  • bigwonder on May 3, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Looks like Warne is back to his old dog tricks, criticizing his opponents. Its the same mind game that Australians are famous for and Sachin is too experienced and cool headed to fall for it. It was a nice try though. By the way does anyone know whats up with Warne's new look? Did he get a botox or something?

  • Dravid_Best on May 3, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Oh Come on... We're now back to seeing Sachin Tendulkar doing what he's so good at... find excuses and not accepting that his team were thoroughly outplayed and outclassed. Sachin should have moved on after the IPL pitch inspector has accepted that the pitch was a playable track. He's making a mountain of a molehill.

  • mightymf2000 on May 3, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Sachin is just a player. He can be critisced unlike what you think MADHUR.KHOSLA.

  • Elan.S on May 3, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    Guys, get over it... Warne just wanted to keep the Sachin Vs Warne hype in tact for the next game they play each other. These are all just marketing tactic to keep the interest going for their team. Just relax and watch the next game between them...

  • vparisa on May 2, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    What about Warne complaining about Kolkotta pitch? Gilly did not like the kotla pitch. No body cries foul!! Sachin himself said 130 would have been a par score and gave the credit to RR which Warne agreed too. I dont think MI has lodged a complaint. If they do it would be in the news. Warne is over reacting.. and Sachin will never react to these comments. Lot of folks say MI is a star studded team... they are a good team like RR. which team in the competition is not good? Shane Watson is any day better than Pollard,he bats as good/better Sharma... Rossy is in better touch than Symo. Botha is an international player and miles head of jacobs/ bowls better than Ali murtaza. Malinga/Harbhajan balance out Warne/Tait.. Rahul Dravid balances out Rayudu with his experience and skill if not runs. Menaria is miles a head of Suman/R Sathish.. Sid Trivedi is an experienced bowler than Abu nechim..Sachin makes all the difference between MI and other teams.. he had a bad day and MI lost. big deaa

  • Quazar on May 2, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    As @Madhur.Khosla has noted... MI have not made any complaint, as per the IPL pitch inspector. Warne, and Cricinfo, pls check the facts before responding / reporting.

  • on May 2, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    I saw complete match and MI played very bad and lose that's why they are excusing........MI players played very poor shot and throw own wickets........In this match all playes were out with own wrong shots not on magic deliveries...........Sachin played worst shot of this IPL than why excusingggg......If you are a great player than difficult pitch can't stop you ......MI's have 6 world class players but they all out with own poor shots..........OK Pitch was bowler friendly than MI's had 5 world class bowlers and they can got benefit and won the match but they did nothing bcoz RR batsmen played well..............So stop blamming on pitch and focus on your matches MI's...............Do Blame on pitches there 170+ runs scored...

  • on May 2, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Mumbai Indians will never let this complaint reflect as Sachin's complaint even though we know he is a moaner. Warnie still going hard (in bed and on groung hehe) at opposition in 40's

  • nikhildevdesai on May 2, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    @Inder, how do you know it was Sachin who filed the complaint or the management, you guys just need an excuse to criticize Tendulkar in any way even after what he has done for cricket in 20 years, shame on you.

  • on May 2, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    First of all Sachin just made a simple observation - the pitch was different than what they were used to and so didnt perform as well - thats it! that is not a complaint, just a simple confession.

    So who made the complaint if at all? The MI management maybe. . . in which case we can just let this whole non-issue pass.

  • on May 2, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Looks Mr Captain Mumbai Indians is not able to digest the defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals that was considered underdog at the start of the tournament and is rising again.

    Which team in IPL isnt preparing pitches to suit their bowling attack, every team wants to make its own backyard its own stadium as their fortress. Kochi, Kolkatta and even Chennai Super Kings all preparing their pitches to suit their bowling attack.

    Isnt Mumbai preparing pitches to suit their conditions?? or they dont have bowlers to the same class about whose bowling ability they can create pitches or they dont have the curators to make pitches to suit their bowling attack.

    Mumbai Indians you have best of the best bowling attack , you have the luxary to play with 5 bowlers of international level which no other team has, how can someone explain that these five international famed bowlers couldnt exploit those bowling friendly pitch conditions but the bowlers of lesser level could exploit those conditions

  • MADHUR.KHOSLA on May 2, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Sundram, when contacted, didn't want to get dragged into the controversy, except stating that it wasn't the first pitch he had inspected in this IPL.

    "I have been travelling to other venues as well, I did so during the World Cup too. And I am not sure if any formal protest was lodged (by the Mumbai Indians)," he said.

    According to reports emerging from Mumbai Indians camp, no formal complaint was lodged and Warne might have over-reacted to Tendulkar's cricketing reply at the post-match presentation ceremony

  • MADHUR.KHOSLA on May 2, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Guys stop criticising Sachin!! It is Shane who is giving irresposible statements in media...MI have not registered any formal complaint against RR. Read on

    Sundram, when contacted, didn't want to get dragged into the controversy, except stating that it wasn't the first pitch he had inspected in this IPL.

    "I have been travelling to other venues as well, I did so during the World Cup too. And I am not sure if any formal protest was lodged (by the Mumbai Indians)," he said.

    According to reports emerging from Mumbai Indians camp, no formal complaint was lodged and Warne might have over-reacted to Tendulkar's cricketing reply at the post-match presentation ceremony.

  • devsunil on May 2, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    sehwag scores only at subcontinent pitches most of the times and his runs also tendulkar has played more that else and on pitches more than else ...he cannot make these type of statements ..complain no chance...its a fake news

  • sanghvir on May 2, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Sorry Mumbai Indians....You lost... end of story.

  • sanghvir on May 2, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    If people think Jaipur wicket was bad.. what do call the Kochi pitch, where balls were shooting. Kochi pitch should be the first to be inspected.

  • Quazar on May 2, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Why not check both sides of a story first? Mumbai Indians have denied making any pitch complaint. Even the IPL pitch inspector is saying he has been to other grounds before this, and he hasn't been told about any Mumbai complaint.

  • bala-chala on May 2, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    I thought he was supposed to be the best batsman in the world. Sehwag, with a lesser technique, scoring runs on a substandard pitch such as the Kochi wicket says a lot abt Sehwag as well as Tendulkar.

  • Quazar on May 2, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    2 things: 1) That pitch certainly did not facilitate a good T20 spectacle...remember, this is a T20 tournament, not a Test match event (where batsman should be challenged more) 2) Warne is also right... some of the pitches at Kochi and Kolkatta have been equally poor for T20 cricket. The IPL pitch inspector should have been sent to oversee conditions at those 2 venues too.

  • Nanavaras on May 2, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Poor Mumbai Indians. Too flashy, less application.

  • on May 2, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    @prats_p - yeah, well, what is exactly a good pitch mate? Never saw any of us Indians complaining in '83 Finals when we defended 183 against the mighty WIs. I mean I know I stand to be misread here but the fact is, it indeed was a DIFFERENT pitch than Mumbai's. HOWEVER, where MIs missed the trick was the fact that everything was same for both the teams. On that night, the Royals were able to adapt better to the situations and the pitch and they MI weren't.

    prats_p Warnie only needed and deserved to accept the win that night and that he duly did.

    @xylo - troo man. I mean most are saying he "stayed put" for first 32 deliveries and then "slogged" the next 11 in which he got 39. So I'm asking - isn't that what's planning according to the situation and executing it all about? I mean he blocked for first 32 and then blasted next 11 and got a handsome, match-winning 80-ish off 47. SO and that's simple just because HE COULD DO IT? DUH!

  • on May 2, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    @v_singh - Your fingers have LITERALLY typed out every word that came of my frustrated mind. I mean what's with 230 runs being scored and being almost being chased down? In fact, Gilly did rightly put it at the presentation ceremony that they were outnumbered in hitting sixes in the match where ball was flying (RIDICULOUSLY) to all corners of the park.

    A HUGE die-hard fan of Sachin (funny coincidence, but a HUGE one of warnie too :D), I am utterly disappointed them even contemplating this whole 'complain' thing.

    I never did understand captains/teams/fans complaining about a pitch unless it's underprepared to the extent where batters are at practical, potential risk of being hit/hurt by uneven/steep bounce - like happened in WI and S.Lanka in the past). I mean as long as the competition on neutral grounds it shouldn't really matter - it's a HOME pitch for crying out loud; aren't they supposed to suit it to their liking?

    P.S. - Sorry Sachin but you got it seriously wrong here man.

  • on May 2, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    OH GOD THE SO CALLED CHAMPION SIDE MI MAKING EXCUSES RIDICULOUS THEY HAVE THE GOD,MR RAOHIT,RAYUDU,POLLARD,SYMMO AND WHEN THEY ALL FOUND THEIR ORIGINAL GAME THEY ARE FINDING FOR EXCUSES

    I ASK THE NON SENSE COMMENTATORS TO CALL A TEAM CHAMPS WHEN THEY CAN PLAY IN ALL CONDITIONS AND AFTER THEY CAN WIN AN IPL WHICH THEY HAVEN'T WON UPTO NOW

    AGREE WITH U WARNE TOTALLY

    "There's no disgrace in losing, you should not look for excuses when you get outplayed; you should just give credit to the opposition. I was very disappointed."

    ALSO HOPE WE FIND EVEN MORE PITCHES LIKE THIS AND INTERESTING

  • devsunil on May 2, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    it is really disgusting that he is in favour of these type of pitches, their winning chances at home is above 90% why is that . while outside they loose most of the times. people are reluctant to accept.

  • on May 2, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Mumbai Losers.... Cant accept their defeat...!

  • on May 2, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    i disagree.. what's wrong in complaining abt a bad pitch... sachin is not saying they lost only coz of the pitch..he accpeted MI didn't play well... but if there is some obvious problem wit a pitch why not try to correct it...its all for the betterment of the game....u never know...sachin might hav even complained even if MI had won...

  • GODsDream............WC2011 on May 2, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    as if its first time someone has complained about a pitch........SL complained about Delhi pitch and it was banned....IPL is of lower importance thats why Warne cud hit back with comments...... if it would have been international match even he wud have kept mum with no so called dissapointment.........players know wen to complain or when not to........do u think SRT was looking for an excuse......i have never seen him ever making an excuse for his failures.....why wud he do for stupid IPL........what MI did was professional... they did not rant publicaly.......like Warne....but then he is like that and ppl like him for this.....for sure MI cud have played better for sure

  • Indian_Riotics on May 2, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Well said warne... Look out how sehwag and co. played on difficult kochi pitch... They didn't make excuses... If you are a champion team, you are supposed to play in every condition possible... And a note to Tendulkar fans, "Warne didn't hit out on the master, so please think twice before commenting".

    @prats_p, rubbish comment.

  • on May 2, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Its bad to excuse like Sachin did. Its not a bad wicket as the other games on the same pitch can say you the results (DD-151, KKR- 160 (Chased), PW - 143, KTK - 109 & MI -95). Except 2 of them who got outplayed by RR, others have got a good competitive scores on this pitch and even chased big scores.The worst pitch on this IPL is Kochi & then Delhi. This kind of silly complaint from the "Master of Cricket" is not all acceptable. MI is becoming like Australian team which puts a complaint on the pitch or any particular player whenever they got outplayed. Its very bad excuse from Mumbai Indians.............

  • Prats6 on May 2, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    It was one of the most disgusting wickets you would see for a T20, and even Warne should have the guts to accept it.

  • xylo on May 2, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Nice! a team that has so many "world class" players cannot play on a "different" pitch. Contrast that with Sehwag's innings in a disaster of a pitch in Kochi. I think the last sentence of the article sums it up quite nicely!!

  • on May 2, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    There's no disgrace in losing, you should not look for excuses when you get outplayed; you should just give credit to the opposition. Well said Warney

  • steppenwolf on May 2, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Way to go Warnie....talking straight as always!

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 2, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    I seriously hate these kind of pitches. The team batting first lose the match mostly , even Royals struggled at Eden Gardens while batting first [bowled out for 81].Mumbai Indians has done good thing by lodging an official complaint. It is a ugly site to see bowlers like Sidhart Trived and Amit Singh (Chucker) bowling at 110k [their top speed this] and Shane Watson bowling over full of short-pitch deliveries at 120k.While bowler like Shaun Tait sitting at sidelines.This is like making joke of all-round cricket . Best pitch in India is the Wankhede ones , it support spinner as well as fast bowlers and batsmen can play all the shots.

  • on May 2, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Absolutely disgusting on the part of the Mumbai Indians. Why did no other team lodge a complaint when they played there for the past few seasons? I think Mumbai was just too shellshocked to accept their defeat at the hands of what seem to be the biggest underdogs of the tournament.

  • on May 2, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    The official complaint lodged by the MI team is totally unacceptable and unnecessary.....The 'so called' Champion team(as said by many commentators and analysts) are making excuses....Hopefully they lose the IPL.....

  • chad_reid on May 2, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Talk about sore losers, hope they dont win the comp.

  • v_singh on May 2, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Mumbai Indians should not have complained about the pitch. There could be pitches where one is not able to score runs or finds it hard to score runs. A score of 120 on such a pitch would be called match winning. Low scoring matches are exciting too as bowlers get some extra assistance. A pitch should not be called a good pitch ONLY if u get 150+ scores. Infact.. pitch for Delhi vs Punjab game, in which DD smashed 230 odd runs was a BAD pitch (Punjab also scored 201 in that game while chasing).. There is no fun in watching batsmen just dispatching every delivery into the stands...

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on May 2, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Well i for one agree 100% with Warne

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  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on May 2, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Well i for one agree 100% with Warne

  • v_singh on May 2, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Mumbai Indians should not have complained about the pitch. There could be pitches where one is not able to score runs or finds it hard to score runs. A score of 120 on such a pitch would be called match winning. Low scoring matches are exciting too as bowlers get some extra assistance. A pitch should not be called a good pitch ONLY if u get 150+ scores. Infact.. pitch for Delhi vs Punjab game, in which DD smashed 230 odd runs was a BAD pitch (Punjab also scored 201 in that game while chasing).. There is no fun in watching batsmen just dispatching every delivery into the stands...

  • chad_reid on May 2, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Talk about sore losers, hope they dont win the comp.

  • on May 2, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    The official complaint lodged by the MI team is totally unacceptable and unnecessary.....The 'so called' Champion team(as said by many commentators and analysts) are making excuses....Hopefully they lose the IPL.....

  • on May 2, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Absolutely disgusting on the part of the Mumbai Indians. Why did no other team lodge a complaint when they played there for the past few seasons? I think Mumbai was just too shellshocked to accept their defeat at the hands of what seem to be the biggest underdogs of the tournament.

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 2, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    I seriously hate these kind of pitches. The team batting first lose the match mostly , even Royals struggled at Eden Gardens while batting first [bowled out for 81].Mumbai Indians has done good thing by lodging an official complaint. It is a ugly site to see bowlers like Sidhart Trived and Amit Singh (Chucker) bowling at 110k [their top speed this] and Shane Watson bowling over full of short-pitch deliveries at 120k.While bowler like Shaun Tait sitting at sidelines.This is like making joke of all-round cricket . Best pitch in India is the Wankhede ones , it support spinner as well as fast bowlers and batsmen can play all the shots.

  • steppenwolf on May 2, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Way to go Warnie....talking straight as always!

  • on May 2, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    There's no disgrace in losing, you should not look for excuses when you get outplayed; you should just give credit to the opposition. Well said Warney

  • xylo on May 2, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Nice! a team that has so many "world class" players cannot play on a "different" pitch. Contrast that with Sehwag's innings in a disaster of a pitch in Kochi. I think the last sentence of the article sums it up quite nicely!!

  • Prats6 on May 2, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    It was one of the most disgusting wickets you would see for a T20, and even Warne should have the guts to accept it.