Indian Premier League 2011 May 3, 2011

Mumbai deny lodging Jaipur pitch complaint

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Mumbai Indians have said they have not lodged any official complaint about the nature of the Jaipur pitch on which they lost to Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets on April 29. They also charged Rajasthan of trying to "sensationalise" the issue by making "unsolicited, distasteful" comments.

On a slow surface, Mumbai were restricted to 94 for 8 in 20 overs and slumped to their second defeat of the season. After the match, Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar had said: "It was a tough pitch, different to what we play on in Mumbai. I don't want to take the credit away from Rajasthan, who bowled and fielded well. It was two-paced, the ball kept low."

Initially, it was thought that Mumbai had complained about the pitch and Rajasthan captain Shane Warne had said he was "disappointed" by that. The IPL's pitch inspector Venkat Sundaram was present for Rajasthan's next home game, on Sunday, against Pune Warriors. "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," Warne had said. "We suddenly have a pitch inspector here and I thought that was totally out of order and unnecessary."

When Tendulkar was dismissed for 51 off a high full toss on Monday's match against Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Cricket Association's secretary Sanjay Dixit tweeted: "Sachin gets out off a full toss. Can't blame the pitch this time." He had earlier tweeted: "Mumbai is known on the Ranji circuit as the most graceless side. Showing off their pedigree in IPL too."

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Mumbai denied lodging a complaint about the Jaipur pitch and hit back at Rajasthan. "There have been unsolicited, distasteful comments and personal remarks made in reaction which is not in keeping with the spirit of the game," it said. "It is disconcerting to note that Rajasthan Royals and a senior official of the Rajasthan Cricket Association are trying to sensationalise this issue."

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  • PratikSankhe on May 7, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    The status that Indian Cricket enjoys today is because of Mumbai Cricket. Rest of India combined has not won even half the no. of Ranji Trophies that Mumbai has won. People from Rest of India are just jealous of Mumbai Cricket. Even from the present Ranji squad players like Rohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ajinkya Rahane can walk into the Indian squad besides Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan, provided selection is unbiased. Regarding the pitch, it was definitely not of International standards. A player of local cricket league's in Mumbai (Paul Valthaty) smashes bowlers all round the park in IPL. Mumbai Ranji Team defeated the invincible Aussies when they came to India for a Tour. In that series, Indian Cricket Team could win only 1 match. That too because Sourav Ganguly demanded a turning track in Wankhede and was provided one.

    So a sincere request to Rest of India. Cricket in Mumbai is of a different level all together. You cannot compete with Mumbai.

  • dummy4fb on May 5, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    @M_Jackson:Excellent point. I take a bow

  • dummy4fb on May 5, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    THEY ARE JUST JEALOUS OF SACHIN TENDULKAR AND AFRAID OF THEM> YES MUMBAI LOST A FEW BUT LOOK AT THE STATS>>>>TOP OF POINTS TABLE FOR LONGEST TIME< HIGHEST RUN SCORER, BEST BOWLER... AND THAT COMMENTATOR WHO TALKS BAD ABOUT SACHIN JUST ENVY THE GUY, HE NEEDS TO SHUT UP AND LOOK UP SACHIN,S RECORDS AND I'M SURE SHANE WARNE IS VERY SCARED WHEN BOWLING TO SACHIN.

  • M_Jackson on May 5, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    People should stop criticizing Sachin or Warne. They didn't criticize each other. The anger is more towards the franchisee here. The owners of rich teams specially MI are using their monetary and political clout to design IPL according to their needs. Snatching the best players in auctions through pouring funds over and under the table is one thing, but tailoring the IPL rules to benefit their personal gains is hideous. Changes in player retention rule (which wasn't there in earlier versions), introduction of playoffs (so MI gets another chance if they loose in SF) and umpires giving lbws to harbhajan (with ball missing the stumps) on no to warne (each of them were out, that too 3 in a over!) clearly shows that. Teams like Rajasthan (perennial underdogs) always perform better than their capabilities, even after imposed penalties, whereas, MI just could't win a single title. Shame! PS: I am a mumbaikar

  • harshalb on May 5, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Whatever Sachin said after the match was his opinion. Warne's reaction was a result of over zealous IPL pitch inspector attending the next match. Both the greats very right on their parts. We have to take their comments in the right spirit. The only problem is with some small time frustrated official of RCA making cheap comments about Mumbai. This man needs to understand that cricket is still a sport in India because of the dedication of cricketers from Mumbai and all across India and not due to money seeking, exploiting and politics playing officials like Dalmiyas, Pawars, Morarkas, Ruias, Jhunjhunwalas, Modis or Dhungharpurs...who would twist the holi game of cricket into strategic breaks, shorten boundaries and ensure non contests just to bring more and more money into cricket which instead of being ploughed back into the game or helping associates is simply used for power games, handing contracts to their relatives and friends and eventually finds way to their own pockets.

  • dummy4fb on May 5, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    @stevedd Sachin is Indian. Dont bring up all this regionalism again. Plus I agree sachin is d greatest ever batsman bt nowhere near a good captain as Dhoni. Just look at the no. of close wins chennai has had and dat itself speaks for captaincy. And yes Badri shud walk into any playing test team in the world. Just can wait to see him play for India.....

  • stevedd on May 5, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    Mr. TRAM how many mumbaikars are playing in the current Indian team and how many did get a chance to play in the past 20 years?? and for ur info badrinath scored only 39 runs in 3 ODI's , 27 highest, and 63 runs in 2 test, is this good to get a 4th ODI and 3rd test.

  • dummy4fb on May 4, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    @Stevedd:The same Mumbaikars booed their own hero Sachin at Wankhede in a test match against England. Whereas in all stadia in the south Sachin is see with so much reverence.

  • TRAM on May 4, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    @stevedd, India does produce a few Sachins every decade. But it requires several innings for any new player to get in to the India team and settle down. Even Sachin took many innings opportunities to score his first 50/100 for India. Such chances (consecutive few matches) will never be given for players other than Mumbai and a few * blue-eyed- players like Raina. Look at the chances given for Rohit Sharma, Raina, Pujara, etc. Compare that with the horrible treatment of Badrinath. Including Dhoni every one curbs the chances for Badri. He scored 50+ in his first chance against the world best bowlers Styn & Morkel. And then what ? Nothing. Unless this 'Bombay/Delhi' selection domination stops, there wont be any fair cricket in India. If Badri settles down in an innings, there is no bowler who can get him out.

  • dummy4fb on May 4, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Mr Sanjay Dixit Mumbai is 39 times Ranji Trophy Champion Team and maybe dats why people like u who sound d loosers dat U R...want to bad mouth them and gain cheap publicity

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