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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  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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...

  • dummy4fb 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.

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