Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, SSC July 31, 2010

Curator defends SSC pitch for second Test

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Anurudda Polonowita, Sri Lanka's national curator, has defended the pitch at the SSC, blaming the weak bowling line-ups for a dull draw. "I am quite happy [with the pitch]," Poloniwata said. "You take the Indian side. Six or seven world-class batsmen. Top level. Better than England or Australia. What is Sri Lankan batting? Same. All record holders. What is their bowling? We had Murali, we had [Chaminda] Vaas - 800 wickets, 400 wickets. Where are they now? Now see the side. Why don't you talk about bowling rather than the pitch?

"The captains have nothing to say, and say it's a batting wicket, bowlers have no chance. They don't have the bowlers to have a chance. If Sri Lanka had those bowlers at the SSC, they would have won the match. If they took [Sachin] Tendulkar's catch, it would have been 180 for 5, anything could have happened."

The Indian bowling attack, Polonowita said, was even worse. "They played a practice game at Colts Club. The A team hammered 514 for 9," he said. "They played at Galle, and Sri Lanka we got 520 for 8. At SSC, 642 for 4. What are you talking about the pitch? Why don't you talk about the bowling? Both sides have weak bowling, both sides have brilliant batting.

"Why do crowds pay and come? To see cricket. If you want it to finish in three days, I can fix the pitch for three days. That's not cricket."

Polonowita has been involved with Sri Lankan cricket for the last 50 years. He played until 1973-74, was the team manager on Sri Lanka's first Test tour, was a selector for 15 years, vice-president of the board, and chairman of umpire committees and tour organising committees.

"I know what I am doing," Polonowita said. "If you are a bowler, you must be able to bowl on any pitch. If a bowler is bowling bumpers, batsmen don't leave their bat and go. If you face a batting pitch, you have to take the challenge.

"Any time the reporters and commentators have nothing to say, they say this is not a pitch for Test cricket. You must talk about bowling too. Murali used to turn the ball on any wicket."

Asked if the absence of Murali and Malinga had any bearing on the kind of pitch prepared at the SSC, Polonowita said it was the absence of those bowlers that made the pitch look flat. "Always similar pitch, even if we had Murali and Malinga.

"Against South Africa [on the same track] Sri Lanka hammered all the records, and still won the match. They lost because Sri Lanka had the bowlers to get the wickets."

The pitch at the P Sara Oval, Polonowita said, will make for a more even contest. "More life in this pitch for both fast bowlers and spinners," he said. "That's the natural character of the pitch. This will be a much better pitch for bowlers than the SSC. With batting also, if one fellow puts his head down and bats, he will score."

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • on August 7, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    srilanka should stop over expressing themselves. Why should srilanka maintain a ground which produces scores over 500every time

  • on August 5, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Someone should tell Polonwita that the SSC pitch in this match is exactly the reason why SL have never one a test match outside their home turf.

  • Philly.rocks on August 3, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    @zxaar, u understood wrong. I just told that this indian bowling line up is very weak. I have been watching and supporting indian team for more than two decades now. I dont hv any prob to accept the truth. Thats why I gave example from first test where SL bowlers troubled every indian batters. Its been indias pattern to have an ordinary bowling line up as oppose to excellent batting line up. Again I agree with the curator for his bold comment.

  • zxaar on August 2, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    "Its really incredible how you guys hold such bigoted views about pitches in SL." ----------------- You mean the difference in averages outside of sri lanka and in sri lanka for these sri lankans players is just a fairy talk. Talk about bigoted views. Sangakawa averages 34 in india, 30 in England. How many centuries jaya has hit outside sri lanka??? Bigoted views, huh.

  • gracegift on August 2, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    it's not about Sri Lanka or the poor curator. the organizers want to maximize ticket sales over five days. money is again killing cricket. at this rate, test cricket will not exist for too long. bad pitches will produce a toothless bowling attack and untested batters. love the pitches in England, Australia. the matches are either result oriented, or exciting draws. test match cricket needs good pitches, to develop more attacking bowlers and more skilful batters without needing to toy with the format and play day/night etc. why are the 'powers that supposedly be' missing this? is it that complicated?

  • on August 2, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    The curator is required to prepare a pitch to last 5 days of test match cricket.We have seen sub-standard pitches been prepared all over the world to help the home to win at any cost . some of them had boomarranged on them too.The bowling in the second test from both teams were putrid and was of a very low standard . They were just going through the motions and given up on a masterful batting display by both teams.The bowlers must be able to bowl wicket to wicket on any pitch and batsmen required to play on any pitch.That is what cricket is all about.Some of the test cricketers have many excuses when they are unable to perform and produce results. Take a cue from Murali or Sachin as shining examples of how you should play the game and attain those high standards which will be hard to beat by the present day professionals.In this case I'm strongly of the view that the test match pitch was excellent.

  • on August 2, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    I was expecting this typical emotional and over-reaction from Indian fans and thats the purpose of my earlier comments, to get you started! So does it sound absurd when I say that Tendulkar scored loads of runs only because your curators prepared pitches to suit him? Then thats how it is when you guys use terms such as SL is "scared" and that curator "followed orders from the SL captain", etc. Its really incredible how you guys hold such bigoted views about pitches in SL. Just because of this draw at SSC, you guys are going to extreme levels suggesting the venue be banned. Have you guys never seen test matches end in draw in India? Would you call for such venues to be banned as well? In that case only Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai would be your test venues. Get over your bigoted views and accept the fact that SL pitches have produced more results (that means less draws, in case you dont understand English) than Indian pitches in the last 10 years - check CRICINFO stats.

  • spiritwithin on August 2, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    @Dasith Sean Wijesiriwardena,india in their last two tours to england had won one and drawn the other,in aus its only india who's giving them a tough competition apart from SA in da last one decade(infact SA won only one series against aussie both home and away included in 19yrs),in SA,india lost a closely fough series by 2-1 and not to forget india won almost everything at home and thats y india is no.1 and compare this to SL outside SL,lol u don even come close....sehwag averages 58 in aus,and averages much more outside india lol unlike ur mahela and co. who can play only in SL.U have only sangakarra and no one...india won da maximum away tests after australia since 2000,so better dont talk about india's record in tests and their performance...accept dat SL prepared a very flat pitch and ur curator is only giving excuses,and yeah india did won a test series in SL in 1993,but SL not even a test in india leave alone a series..

  • zxaar on August 2, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    "To be honest curator indicated a true picture which should be taken seriously. look at the indian bowlers, when at first test SL's bowlers troubled the super indian batters all the way, " -------------------------

    which match you were watching???? Are we talking of same match. Can you count how many innings indians played in this test. If sri lankan bowlers were any good they could have defeated indians after scoring 640. All we got is tame draw. Have you face of sri lankans when sehwag was hitting them all around. If pitch was alright , then sri lanka also has equally rubbish bowling as indians. You can not have both ways.

  • Tigg on August 2, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    While the bowling line ups that played the game are pretty poor you must, at least partially blame the wicket. While he blames the absence of a Vaas and a Murali for Sri Lanka they still have Mendis who has already danced his way through the Indian order in a warm up game. Any game that only loses 17 wickets (5 to part timers) has to attribute it to the wicket. Sri Lankas batsmen are only 'world class' in Sri Lanka, likewise Indian batsmen often struggle away from the subcontinent.

    If those sides were regularly scoring like that in the UK, Australia, South Africa or New Zealand maybe he'd have a bigger point.

  • on August 7, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    srilanka should stop over expressing themselves. Why should srilanka maintain a ground which produces scores over 500every time

  • on August 5, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Someone should tell Polonwita that the SSC pitch in this match is exactly the reason why SL have never one a test match outside their home turf.

  • Philly.rocks on August 3, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    @zxaar, u understood wrong. I just told that this indian bowling line up is very weak. I have been watching and supporting indian team for more than two decades now. I dont hv any prob to accept the truth. Thats why I gave example from first test where SL bowlers troubled every indian batters. Its been indias pattern to have an ordinary bowling line up as oppose to excellent batting line up. Again I agree with the curator for his bold comment.

  • zxaar on August 2, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    "Its really incredible how you guys hold such bigoted views about pitches in SL." ----------------- You mean the difference in averages outside of sri lanka and in sri lanka for these sri lankans players is just a fairy talk. Talk about bigoted views. Sangakawa averages 34 in india, 30 in England. How many centuries jaya has hit outside sri lanka??? Bigoted views, huh.

  • gracegift on August 2, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    it's not about Sri Lanka or the poor curator. the organizers want to maximize ticket sales over five days. money is again killing cricket. at this rate, test cricket will not exist for too long. bad pitches will produce a toothless bowling attack and untested batters. love the pitches in England, Australia. the matches are either result oriented, or exciting draws. test match cricket needs good pitches, to develop more attacking bowlers and more skilful batters without needing to toy with the format and play day/night etc. why are the 'powers that supposedly be' missing this? is it that complicated?

  • on August 2, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    The curator is required to prepare a pitch to last 5 days of test match cricket.We have seen sub-standard pitches been prepared all over the world to help the home to win at any cost . some of them had boomarranged on them too.The bowling in the second test from both teams were putrid and was of a very low standard . They were just going through the motions and given up on a masterful batting display by both teams.The bowlers must be able to bowl wicket to wicket on any pitch and batsmen required to play on any pitch.That is what cricket is all about.Some of the test cricketers have many excuses when they are unable to perform and produce results. Take a cue from Murali or Sachin as shining examples of how you should play the game and attain those high standards which will be hard to beat by the present day professionals.In this case I'm strongly of the view that the test match pitch was excellent.

  • on August 2, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    I was expecting this typical emotional and over-reaction from Indian fans and thats the purpose of my earlier comments, to get you started! So does it sound absurd when I say that Tendulkar scored loads of runs only because your curators prepared pitches to suit him? Then thats how it is when you guys use terms such as SL is "scared" and that curator "followed orders from the SL captain", etc. Its really incredible how you guys hold such bigoted views about pitches in SL. Just because of this draw at SSC, you guys are going to extreme levels suggesting the venue be banned. Have you guys never seen test matches end in draw in India? Would you call for such venues to be banned as well? In that case only Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai would be your test venues. Get over your bigoted views and accept the fact that SL pitches have produced more results (that means less draws, in case you dont understand English) than Indian pitches in the last 10 years - check CRICINFO stats.

  • spiritwithin on August 2, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    @Dasith Sean Wijesiriwardena,india in their last two tours to england had won one and drawn the other,in aus its only india who's giving them a tough competition apart from SA in da last one decade(infact SA won only one series against aussie both home and away included in 19yrs),in SA,india lost a closely fough series by 2-1 and not to forget india won almost everything at home and thats y india is no.1 and compare this to SL outside SL,lol u don even come close....sehwag averages 58 in aus,and averages much more outside india lol unlike ur mahela and co. who can play only in SL.U have only sangakarra and no one...india won da maximum away tests after australia since 2000,so better dont talk about india's record in tests and their performance...accept dat SL prepared a very flat pitch and ur curator is only giving excuses,and yeah india did won a test series in SL in 1993,but SL not even a test in india leave alone a series..

  • zxaar on August 2, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    "To be honest curator indicated a true picture which should be taken seriously. look at the indian bowlers, when at first test SL's bowlers troubled the super indian batters all the way, " -------------------------

    which match you were watching???? Are we talking of same match. Can you count how many innings indians played in this test. If sri lankan bowlers were any good they could have defeated indians after scoring 640. All we got is tame draw. Have you face of sri lankans when sehwag was hitting them all around. If pitch was alright , then sri lanka also has equally rubbish bowling as indians. You can not have both ways.

  • Tigg on August 2, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    While the bowling line ups that played the game are pretty poor you must, at least partially blame the wicket. While he blames the absence of a Vaas and a Murali for Sri Lanka they still have Mendis who has already danced his way through the Indian order in a warm up game. Any game that only loses 17 wickets (5 to part timers) has to attribute it to the wicket. Sri Lankas batsmen are only 'world class' in Sri Lanka, likewise Indian batsmen often struggle away from the subcontinent.

    If those sides were regularly scoring like that in the UK, Australia, South Africa or New Zealand maybe he'd have a bigger point.

  • cricket_ftw on August 2, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Common man stop giving reasons... everyone knows about SSC pitch in this world... dont try to defend the pitch preparation too much ... U dont have murali so stop preparing pitches for him ... Yes the bowling attacks are bad but this pitch doesnt stand a chance for a result with quality batsmen playing in both teams...

  • Philly.rocks on August 2, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    wow.. what a bomb exploded by the mouth of curator. Looks like all Indians are jumping into this matter to prove the curator wrong. The way the chaos is being created here in SL Vs India is no more a healthy forum. To be honest curator indicated a true picture which should be taken seriously. look at the indian bowlers, when at first test SL's bowlers troubled the super indian batters all the way, SL piled up huge total by thrashing indian pace and spinners. This truth cant be neglected. Look at the way india's number one spinner Bhajji is being hammered so far in this tour, forget about their seamers who always work as second hand without some exception of Zaheer, Srinath and Kapil of the history. So, for the sake of cricket and india's well being it should be accepted that India has a very weak bowling line up which failed to trouble the weakest Zimbabwe. On the other hand if anybody question the action of Malinga and Murali then you making mockery of urself. Wish a good game next!

  • RanjitW on August 2, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    The curator has a point here, that the bowling was weak. But the pitch was a batting pitch is proven. He also contradicts himself at the end by saying the P.Sara stadium for the next match will be bowler friendly! That means SSC wasn't!

  • Rooboy on August 2, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    Regardless of the validity of the points made by Poloniwata, the pitch OBVIOUSLY contributed a large part to the bat-a-thon. But rather than be realistic and accept some responsibility, he comes out and blames everyone other than himself. Same as when india or sri lanka lose, it's never their fault, it's always the umpires, the crowd, <insert conspiracy theory here> etc. Ridiculous attitude.

  • daalien on August 2, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    The only reason there was no grass on the pitch was because the curator was smoking it. Must have been pretty good quality considering his comments.

  • on August 1, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    here we go again. How many test series have indian won in SL? Aus? Eng? SA? over the past decade. Oh need a tissue? Atleast we accept SL isn't even close to being the number 1 test team. India is no differant to SL and to say they are the best is like saying the earth is flat because it looks so. Do well home and fail outside. Anyone who talks about Mahela's average in Australia please note how many tests he's played there? yes only 4. That too when Warne and McGrath was playing. Then what about Sehwag? hasn't he got a massivly inflated record on sub-continent pitches as well? It's only Tendulakar and Sangakkara who have simmilar records home-away from the two teams and that's wy they are considered class batsman.

  • on August 1, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    @Paddy Mohan : Srilanka is the most developed country in the world and the least corrupted also.There are no if and buts in cricket ,You first understand that and make comments.What ever happened has happened no hypothysis required .And about malinga i will give you a comment on that in seven days .And also we never claimed that our team is invincible and for your knowlege the invincible aussies in the nineties never won a series in India during the period

  • on August 1, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    i feel that the srilankans were told about the dead pitch on colombo. so they didnt play their main bowlers like malinga and welegadera in that game to preserve them from being hit badly on their bowling by the indians and be fresh for the final clash where the wickets will be live............ the srilankans way have used the strategy of hammering indian bowlers and get the bowler's moral down................

  • McGorium on August 1, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    @Thiyak: SRT has a 100 at Perth in 1992, when it was a monstrously fast track. SRT made 193 at Headingley in seamer friendly conditions (England lost by an innings). SRT averages 58 IN Australia, 62 IN England, both higher than his India average of around 55. He averages 50 in NZ as well. His average is poor in SAF thanks to a bad tour last time (40). I won't defend Sehwag, because he does fill his boots on batting tracks, but hey, he has 2 hundreds in Australia. How many contemporary players have scored 300s? He almost has 3 and the wickets are the same. Remember Brabourne stadium last year? You think Mahela got all his hundreds on seaming tracks? Ha. He scores all his runs and hundreds at the SSC. One glance at his averages will reveal how ridiculously skewed it is. Avg in Aus, Eng, SAF, NZ: (34,43,31,28). Mahela fills his boots on flat subcontinent wickets. Sehwag has a better overseas record. Sanga is your only good batsman, and even he has a much higher home than away average.

  • sonjjay on August 1, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    @ Paddy Mohan i really dont knw which country ur from bt it doesnt sound like u seen a lot of games, let me fill in for some of ur incosistent information, Tendulkar has scored a century, hell 2 centuries atleast in each test playing nation. Dravid too has been a proven world class batsmen besides every1 in the world has slammed the curator for this featherbed. I knw quiet a few tendulkar innings which were brilliant and in hostile condtions.I can give a list of that too if ud like, and dont forget the worlds greatest batsman Sir Don Bradman too regarded Sachin very highly.So the next time u say things atleast make an informed comment, eagerly waiting for ur reply...

  • 26raghu on August 1, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    @paddy mohan ... wat is talent??? scoring 650 and drawing the match or Winning it , if u Think that Srilanka is the best Team then they must have won this match , You people were prasing Sanga and Mahela wen they scored 642 and u people said Srilanka played well .. But when we showed that we can surpass ur Score by the Greats of Viru,Sachin and Raina you people saying that Pitch is useless .. Since Srilanka won First game they started preparing useless pitch for other matches to save the Tests. Useless Pitch and Useless Curator ..

  • ToTellUTheTruth on August 1, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    As Dhoni said "Any bowler with normal action" could not take wickets in SL. Those of you idiots, questioning and commenting on Sachin/Dravid, should check your facts. As for SL being#1 is nothing but baloney. Have they ever won a single test, let alone a series anwhere? Now that the "freakish" bowler is done, let's see how many SL will win. I hate Cricket series in SL. Those commenting about Madras etc. please check your facts again. They produced more results than all of your doctored and non-normal action bowlers produced together. Rest my case.

  • on August 1, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    India would not have any chance if the pitch deteriorated as normal, and for pple hu say sl cnt win away,,,just look at our record away..won in nz won in england won in west indies and never played in sa since 2001..shame..and aus 2004 again all are 2 match series.so if a sporty pitch was prepared sl cud have won this series 3-0..now thankz to the pitch india can get away with 2-0 defeat...thank the curator indians

  • whyowhy on August 1, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Peter CC you are trying to deviate from the point by writing about the test match in England, stick to the point, what test cricket needs is a pitch that offers a bit for the new ball bowlers at the begining and helps spinners towards the end, not raving bouncy green tops or crumbling turners on day one, batsman nowadays are a spoilt lot with headgear and body armour so anyone with a good technique will survive (courage is not necessay nowadays). What your Polons has prepared is an absolute graveyard for bowlers. I doubt Murali (sorry mate for doubting your talents) or Malinga who were successful in Galle would have been made any difference to the result. I suggest you send Polons to be in charge of the Borella cemetary and get a younger more intelligent man to work on the SSC wickets or we might have to convert the SSC into a cemetary as it will not be used for test matches in the future with this type of negative attitude from the management.

  • dilscoop on August 1, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    What Mr.Polonowita has failed to realize is that if the same fast bowling combination of dilhara and dhamika for SL, and Ishant and Mithun for India were bowling on the headingley pitch (where pak beat aus), a result would be a certainity. The same weak bowling of both sides would have had a result if the pitch had atleast 50% of the juice the headingly pitch had. So, Mr.Polonowita it is the pitch my friend and not the weak bowling strength of both sides. It would have been graceful on his part to have accepted that the pitch was a sleeping beauty and taken the blame on himself and promised a better track the next time around.

  • thiyak on August 1, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    If indian batsman socres 100-200-300 thay don't blame the pitch . Check how many 100's sachin scored on batsman's friendly wicket . What about 300 Veru's 300 in Multan ? and indian's 700+ ? Sachin has 5 100+ in Madras in 5 innings so why this pitch is not changed for last 5 or 10 yeards. There are many pitches in india and pakistan which help the batsman this is the nature of the pitch. India got all out in both the games and they couldn't get all 10 SL wicket in both test . Chcek your veru/scahin's 100's all came from the batting paradise not from bowlers friendly wicket!!!

  • thiyak on August 1, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    If indian batsman socres 100-200-300 thay don't blame the pitch . Check how many 100's sachin scored on batsman's friendly wicket . What about 300 Veru's 300 in Multan ? and indian's 700+ ? Sachin has 5 100+ in Madras in 5 innings so why this pitch is not changed for last 5 or 10 yeards. There are many pitches in india and pakistan which help the batsman this is the nature of the pitch. India got all out in both the games and they couldn't get all 10 SL wicket in both test . Chcek your veru/scahin's 100's all came from the batting paradise not from bowlers friendly wicket!!!

  • Tiptop32 on August 1, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    The curator had made mockery of test cricket. What is the role of ICC???? Just being a mute spectator????? SLCB, BCCI, ICC are making fun of test cricket. Although I am an Indian, I have to admit the fact that, Test future lies only on the hands of ECB, Aus, SA, NZ. Rest of the boards are disgrace for cricket. Their only aim is to mint money without bothering about future of the game.

    What a pathetic unpardonable excuse from the curator????? Still you guys think people are fools????? Don't you have guys have shame?????

  • bobagorof on August 1, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    "Why do crowds pay and come? To see cricket." And yet, this match has been roundly criticised for being boring, which is likely to put people off coming to future matches. Better to have a Test that finishes early but is gripping all the way, rather than a boring 5-day monotony. If you get 15000 for each of 3 days it still beats out 5000 for each of 5 days. Having said that, he does have a point about the poor quality of bowling. It will be interesting to see both teams slide down the rankings over the next year or so.

  • on August 1, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    reflects correctly on the quality of bowlers we (INDIANS) have.. poor bowling.. and again.. his point is very right.. if sachin s catch wud hv been taken our score wud hv been 180/5..randiv n mendis were bowling really well at that time.. our spinners cud not do anything.. ojha got the ball to talk in the last session.. pitch was not so great.. bowling really bad. .v cant expect bowler friendly pitches to get a result..kolkata pitch did not have much in it as well..but harbhajan bowled really well and got the south african wickets.. they almost saved it.. our bowling superstar failed , is failing... v need the bowlers to get the wickets.. if he believes the bowling line up is weak why doesn he give a pitch which favours the bowlers a little more than the batters so dat v can hav a result..

  • Lahori_Munde on August 1, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Genious here like 'kAlex' who are coming down heavy on Indian bowling and their top ranking, take a look at how SL bowling is? The last Indian pair frustarted them for almost 2 hours. Please take little trouble to think bit harder and you will not be 'mortified'. The pitch was dead. Miind you the commentators are not the smartest but they have played more cricket then Mr Polonowita-the pitch curator. By the way, The same Indian team completely trashed SL not too long ago..

  • on August 1, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    For those of you Indian fans accusing the curator of following the orders of SL captain for preparing this flat, lifeless pitch, can I ask you one simple question? Does that mean Tendulkar scored all his runs because the pitches in India are being created as per his orders? May be that is the way things work in India (one of the most corrupted and under developed place) and is the reason how even ordinary batsmen like Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman have scored so many runs.

  • on August 1, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    Come on Indians will you ever, ever "accept" defeat? Had Malinga played, India would been beaten badly in 4 days and we all know Tendulkar would have struggled against Malinga and would not have reached 200 if catch was not dropped. What you Indian fans think your Indian side is "invincible" like the great West Indians in the 70s and Aussies of the 90s or what? Your team was beaten ruthlessly during 2008 tour of SL and even recently in Galle your "best middle order in the world" (really??) could not last even 4 days. I really wonder when will Indians accept the talent of other teams!

  • vimalan on August 1, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    this is the one of the funniest comments i have ever heard in cricket and the funniest curator comment certainly. Everyone know that this pitch was a deadbed. is this guy trying to hide this truth ? of course the bowling was bad from both the teams but the pitch the worst. And for some people who think that SL would have won the match had the held Sachin's catch, its too thin a statement. Even if Sachin got out at that time, India would still have scored decently if not hugely and always there was a second innings. So I am sure the result would not have been different.

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Hey Indians, tell me is your pitches anywhere nearby compared to WACA, Gabba, Durban or Headingley? Is it not a shame that you Indians talk about pitches? In India, especially in ODIs if you make even 400+ runs, you are not assured of an easy win, as we saw earlier this year against SL. We have seen so many test matches in India ending up as "draw" after visiting bowlers give away 500 or 600+ runs.

  • 26raghu on August 1, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    @ Praveen Shavindra Muthuthanthri , u were saying that India would have been defeated if its a bowling pitch . Even if ur Srilankan team wins the next test match it will not claim the No 1 spot in Test . So dont worry bro , ur Team will win the match only in Srilanka and that too by batting first . Remember wen srilanka scored 642/4 in this match , srilankan fans started prasing Srilankan batting and wen INDIA batted and passed ur score u people started blaming the pitch .. Oh wat a Poor country with LAME EXCUSES ... Actually Srilanka should be ashamed that they didnot win this match inspite of Scoring this much ..

  • Asintha on August 1, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    @26raghu If you are talking about 96/97 series 1st India bat first and they made 537/8 sri lankan took 8 wickets then sri lanka 1st wicket 39 2nd wicket 615 that is not because of pitch lack of bowlingv by both sides. If bowlers are intelligent they must know every body batman has a weakness that's where bowlers want to bowl then they will get result. thanks & If you want to argue please come with true facts. there is one thing you want to know I did not support to sri lankan Team My favorite team is Australia Because they always have a game plan. they are non believer of Luck I always respect the game of Cricket.

  • Tiptop32 on August 1, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    The curator single handedly killed test cricket. The line ups of SL and India are not extremely bad to produce a result like this. The curator should be given life ban to prepare any test wicket. I bet even Zim, Bangla would have managed draw on this pitch. I can also imagine the instructions from SLCB to the curator to prepare a batting paradise to take the match to all 5 days. The money minded greedy cricket boards like SLCB, BCCI, etc are the reasons for the slow death of cricket. One can easily see the volume of matches ended in dull draws in SL, India in the past 5 years. Above 70% of the matches ended in dull draws. That will fair indication of the intention in preparing the pitches. The shameless fellows don't want to admit their money minded intention in preparing these kind of useless dead pitches. Prepare a pitch which will either favour Pace or Spin. But don't prepare a cement track where a tailender can think about scoring century. ICC should give life ban to these grounds

  • Asintha on August 1, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    @26raghu I agree with you but 1st match we got result ,2nd is draw and 1 to go. let us see the result of the 3rd match.I think result will be same as in India 2-0. murli struggled to take 800 wicket because Ishanth and Ojha batted with cool mind and with patience. that is a great advice to, players who bat like idiots In test match cricket. I am sorry to say this Please remind how shewag got out in first Inning. and also I like to appreciate the great effort which made by Isanth & Ojha.

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on August 1, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Shouldn't we just love this guy "Ujjawal Sinha"? Really, his comments made my day. Hahahaha. He seems to be lost somewhere and talks on utter rubbish rather than commenting on the point. Well, Mr.Polonowita, after the fourth day of the match I thought, whoever prepared this pitch, he's going to get fired. But seeing that you're such a senior guy in Sri Lankan cricket, and the guts you have to blame the bowlers to defend your own incompetency, firing is out of the question right? So for cricket's sake, please, please produce a sportive pitch for the next match at SSC, will you? It is really hurting to see these Indians blaming all SL pitches just because of you and the pitch at SSC.

  • on August 1, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    This is definitely not a great pitch to play a test match. Test match should definitely suit bowlers both seam and spin. Batsman has to withstand that test and dominate them.Curators pls. understand the definition of test match. ODI is purely batsman dominated where bowlers have to be intelligent. Already too much of cricket is played between india and srilanka. Absolute boring. I dont want to see huge scores, centuries. I want batsman to lose stumps frequently, give catches in slips. We need new things, otherwise this sport is going to be very boring sport.

  • thiyak on August 1, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    i am a Rugby player . I hate cricket becouse of the rules/ pitch /toss/ rain/ pitch wet etc . All you guys know these things happen in cricket and all of a sudden you are expecting a rusult ? If you want result play T20 or ever 5-6 overs match think something different . Dhoni could have decelerd early and colud have gone for resultt he was scared of loosing . Last 27 so years i am reading / lisen the same thing from the indian writers / commr's what they always want india to win if the lost they start blaming the pitch /toss / drop catches / swing /bounce /too many matches /back to back tours etc.

    Cricket is made for fools /jobless people to watch for 5 days or 1 full day.

  • sabirshah on August 1, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    This was the lamest excuse ever given by a PitchCurator ever. He could have simply said that he followed the 'orders' by Captain of SriLanka. Sanga has already critisized the 'ranking system' of ICC difinitely they don't want India to win this series at all. they've already won one so why give India a chance??? But I agree with the curator on one thing, its TEST CRICKET and should be off 5 days at least not like Pakistan/England,,,test finished on 3rd day 1st session, hahahaha LongLive Pakistan(I'm Pakistani a proud Pakistani though)

  • StJohn on August 1, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    Well, the curator would say that, wouldn't he! To be fair, looking at recent SSC Tests, the picture is more balanced: a draw with Pakistan in 2009 (high scores in 3rd and 4th inns); SL win against NZ in 2009 and SL win against India in 2008. As is generally the case, the truth lies somewhere in the middle: this was a poor Test pitch on the whole, with the balance too far in the batsmen's favour; but also neither side had its best attack either. But as a very prescient Cricinfo article yesterday suggests, we have to hope that this pitch isn't the shape of things to come for SL cricket, as without Murali, they would seem now to lack the attack needed to win matches. That would be sad for them and for cricket. This Test reminded me of the very, very boring high-scoring draws in the SL-Pakistan series in Pakistan in 2009 (the terrorist attack series): such Tests are a poor advertisement for Test cricket. Maybe having day-night Tests in Asia, so the ball might swing more, would help?

  • on August 1, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    Polons is right! He has always been right! When wickets are prepared to help bowlers the crowds see games over in three days!Sri Lanka has a packed batting side and the bowlers have lacked the penetration to get 20 wickets to win a match on wickets that help batsmen.If a bowler is worth his salts then he has to adapt. A good example is Paakistan -England tale of lost opportunities by the Pakistanis who should have wrapped up the match had their fielding and batting been better. Kaneria bowled utter rubbish and let England multiply not add.Gul was the same because of his run up! But he showed what the Pakistanis should have donebatting and Prior showed the English weaknesses in batting. Bad captaincy played parts in both teams. Strauss will have to improve a lot to keep the Aussie under a lid with a Kookaburra ball! The Aussie s will have Michel firing and all the Aussie bowlers

  • on August 1, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    after murali (chucker) lanka is plyaing safe game Murali's action is "javelin throw"

  • on August 1, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Get the hell outta cricket you fringe!

    As it is, very few people are watching test cricket, and with people like you preparing pitches for tests, I won't be surprised if the players play their matches in front of closed doors.

  • candybhatia on August 1, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    This message is for all those who believe that Murali is nothing but a chucker....Murali is no doubt THE GREATEST BOWLER CRICKET HAS EVER SEEN....he "chucks" only because he has reasons to do so....he can destroy any batting lie up within a few hours..infact Harbhajan Singh..one of the 'greatest spinners after Murali' is what i call a chucker..2 wickets for over 200 runs this series..and u still see him behaving like a joker on the field...

  • Shiw on August 1, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    @ Ujjwal Sinha: Ask Harbhajan to bowl without his sleeveless shirt.

  • on August 1, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    I thoroughly agree with the CURATOR. BOWLERS are not intelligent enough to get take the wickets and so DO NOT BLAME the PITCH. Look at the way Malinga has bowled in the first test. He had 2-4 LBW decisions in his favour. If the Pitch is not favouring the bowlers, they need to bowl wicket to wicket. Malinga was seen bowling almost all yorkers in the first test. Did any other fast bowler (on either side) try it out in the second test atleast? Instead of blaming the pitch if the bowlers plough their minds, that will help them to become legends. It looked like, for most of the time, balls were coming out from bowling machines not the humans. UNLESS the BOWLERS USE their BRAINS NO PITCH WILL HELP them and this is for sure.

  • on August 1, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    I m Sri Lankan and hell no I fon't agree with this guy.This was a dead pitch and waste of time for fans.very bad promoting for test cricket too....and who is this Ujjawal Sinha ?.....guess he cannot take the success of Murali.so u say the best is ur ball sucking harbhajan?...loool

  • AIRkris on August 1, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    de curator is defending his job, not de pitch...

  • on August 1, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    srilanka played very safe after winning at galle, since they were scared that india are going to bounce back at colombo if a sportive pitch was provided ,i don't think only curator should be blamed for this , sangakkara is also equally responsible. ojha and ishant batted out 1 whole session on 5th day track which clearly indicates ther was nothing in the pitch for the bowlers

  • Mr.niceguy on August 1, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Hahaha its funny how all indians including the writer of the article highlights the pitch in SL. Hello Indians lets talk about u r own pitches. Take u r memory back to 1st test between indian and SL in India. And think about the runs scored during the ODI series between SL and IND. 1st odi more than 800 runs.... avg score in a ODI 300+ runs Have you forgot u r own garbage pitches before blaming others.

  • on August 1, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    India should thank the curator, because if the pitch deteriorated Sri Lanka would have been 2-0 up. So indians thank him

  • eZoha on August 1, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    I completely agree with the curator. Had there been Murali and Malinga, SSC pitch could have produced result in 5 days in favor of Sri Lanka. It was no different from the Galle pitch. Remember, Sri Lanka won the Galle test even after a full day washout.

  • catalyst213 on August 1, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    The Lankan commentators themselves along with all others abosulely agreed that it was a dead pitch. These people also repeatedly said that Malinga had injury at the right time and he could have been of any danger to any batsmen, the pitch was so dead. You have these idiots making such pichtes and defending it, it goes to show how stupid these people are. It brought shame to Lanka big time and everyone is laughing, open your eyes boys.

  • on August 1, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Sri lanka always afraid to loss ..so they are making pitch for spin bowler ( for chucker murali ) now they are making dead pitch ..icc must review all pitch before start any game

  • Asintha on August 1, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Ujjawal Sinha is saying Murli is a chucker What about Harbajan Singh ?

  • Tharic on August 1, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    @ Ujjawal Sinha - You are calling THE WORLD's BEST BOWLER a chucker?! please stop with these pointless comments because you are only making your self look like a FOOL!! (if the Great Man - Murali was an Indian player i doubt you would be calling him a Chucker!!)

    and to others who are commenting on the PITCH - Seriously I do not see the point in blaming the PITCH..Batmen did what they are supposed to do "SCORE" well bowlers on the other hand did not do their JOB!! simple as!!.."A Good worker does NOT Blame on his Tools!!" You dont Bowl well you WILL NOT GET WICKETS!!!

    INDIAN FANS YOU CLAIM YOUR TEAM IS NO:1..THEN ITS ABOUT TIME THE WORLD SAW A BETTER PERFORMANCE FROM A TEAM WHO IS ON TOP OF THE TABLE!!

  • BiSONN on August 1, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    He actually has a point. Both teams have a pathetic bowling line-up. Seriously. Horrible, non-threatening bowling also leads to high scoring, boring draws as well. I mean, I can't imagine India or Sri Lanka batting with the same ease they did if the likes of Steyn or Morkel were bowling. I'm not all of a sudden saying the pitch was great for cricket, it obviously favored the batsmen, but the lousy bowling the two teams definitely did not help batters and made the pitch seem even more dead, whereas a more talented bowling line-up would have been able to extract a bit more out of the pitch.

  • HLANGL on August 1, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    What about India & SL playing only with each other in tests, that again here ? They may be able to arrange 3-4 test series each year then, & would have all the luxury of kicking out any batting record on a regular basis. When Indians are hosting the tournament in India they will win 2-0 & take the worlds No. 01 spot, so are SLs when the tournament is hosted here in Sri Lanka. The pendulum will only swing between these 2 nations then, great. Ideal plan to keep this precious no. 01 title between two neighbors in south Asia. Apart from a handful of players like Shewag, T'kar, Dravid, Laxman, all others currently in these two teams would struggle making even 2 noteworthy innings in a 3 test series outside their territory. So playing within their dead territories would give them a lot of consolation & would be a great aid to maintain their 50+ averages in tests. Who knows one day one of these would pass Lara's 400 also here ? Meanwhile a plenty of other records are also for the taking ...

  • 26raghu on August 1, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    @ Asintha .. Dont compare the Indian and Srilankan Pitch .. Last time we played Against SA in 2 Test Series in Feb 2010 , both produced results . Before that we played Home Series gainst Aus and it gave results . Even Against Srilanka Series it gave Results . Srilanka is the only country who produced lifeless Pitches like this . They are country who plays for records . Remember the Meaningless Test in 96-97 wen they scored 952 / 6 , thats only for records . I Like Murali very much but even he would have struggled to take 800 if he would have his last match here .

  • on August 1, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Indians please stop calling the kettle black when indian curators can't produce match fit pitches.

  • RyanSmith on August 1, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    There is a lot of discussion criticizing both the pitch and the bowling attacks (and that's fair enough) but I want to bring up something that no one seems to be discussing and that is the negative captaincy. Dhoni said that on a pitch like that 99.9% of the time you won't get a result. I would argue he wasn't trying to get a result! Why bat until you had made 700? why not declare when you got to 475 and lay down the challenge to SL to set you a target of 400 to chase or something like that. If the pitch is as good as everyone is saying surely you could still have hung on for a draw. At least it would have added some interest to the game. And if SL would have set a challenging but not out of the question 4th innings target they might have been able to take some Indian wickets as they attempted to chase the runs in the time left. The pitch is out of the control of the captains, but it's as much the unimaginative negative captaincy to blame for dull draws! Comments?

  • on August 1, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    icc must ban whole lanka team ...they are making fool .. NO doubt Murali is a great Chucker of all time and it's a shame that he was allowed to play for so many years! He is a Chucker! period.

  • Vijay_P_S on August 1, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Sri Lankan curators seems to have the habit of doing a lousy job and defending themselves giving ridiculous reasons. Even at the Dambulla ground, players from both the sides have complained about the lights. The ground official's defence at that time was that since nobody said a boo in the past, everything is alright now. Muralitharan and Vaas are history now. Not every bowler can be like them. Stop chewing on the past and correct the pathetic present!

  • kurtisMcgurtis on August 1, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    CURATOR HAS TO BE FIRED. SEND A MESSAGE. THIS IS PATHETIC. HE HAS TO GO.

    PLEASE WRITE TO THE SRI LANKA BOARD SO WE CAN DISMISS THESE TYPES OF PEOPLE. HE HAS NO KNOWLEDGE OF PREPARING TEST WICKETS

  • Asintha on August 1, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    If SSC is a dead pitch what about Indian pitch. they are deadly than SSC, I Like to say some thing " IF DANCER CAN'T DANCE HE WILL BLAME TO THE FLOW" The Indian's doing the same thing. And the next thing is Cricket now running on money. Indian Cricket Board already captured the ICC. now they will be No.1 Because of Money and Dirty fellows, that's not because of they are talented. Indian team Is a Unbalanced team. That's sure. Australia,South Africa,Sri Sri Lanka Teams are more balance and talented than this fake indian Team. They can make their drama inside their Country Only.

  • kurtisMcgurtis on August 1, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Anurudda Polonowita, GUY HAS TO BE FIRED. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. 1400 RUNS. IN 2 INNINGS AND HES DEFENDING IT. SRI LANKA PLEASE SET AN EXAMPLE AND FIRE THIS GUY. IT WOULD BE GREAT IF HE ADMITTED HE MADE A MISTAKE BUT HE HAS NO INTENTION. FIRE HIM NOW. PLAIN AND SIMPLE

  • on August 1, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    i can't stop laugh hearing him supporting ssc pitch........

  • on August 1, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Mr. Curator if this was USA... not only the public would have demanded ALL REFUND...BUT THE MANAGEMENT WORLD HAVE WILLINGLY GIVEN BACK THE REFUND....THE VICTIMS HERE FIRST THE SRI LANKA FANS

  • saif9491 on August 1, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    Well,pitches like this has distracted me to watch this boring and pointless test.But the curator was spot on in his statement that the bowling lineups were poor.The quality of bowling was very sub-par,I can not understand how India can sustain the no.1 test ranking spot with this type of bowlers. India need to find some fresh genuine fast bowlers who can bowl 140 k plus.Ishant Sharma,Sreenath,Zaheer Khan have always problems with injuries and form. A Mithun is a good find,but there are players like Kamran Khan,whose skill can be honed for the future.

  • on August 1, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Respectably, Mr.Anurudda Polonowita, i dont care about who is bowling or batting but if a pitch is so bad, you are in denial......I WOULD NORMALLY SAY LINE EM UP(Curator) AN SHOOT EM.............BUT i have been in contact with the WORLD OVER........EACH AND EVERYONE SAYS THE PITCH WAS TERRIBLE....respectably........admit the pitch was terrible............as both captains have said................. REMEMBER ONE THING.....THE BIGGEST LOSERS WERE THE SRI LANKA FANS....WHO PAID BIG BUCKS TO WATCH A INTERNATIONAL "TEST MATCH"...............MY FRIEND.....YOU HAVE FAILED............THROUGHLY

  • ChandraPrince on August 1, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    Just leave a thin layer of grass next time for 5 day test matches, just like they do in Australia. That will give the bowlers a fair chance. This is a kind of pitch that's ideal for one day cricket. Don't buy into all these nasty BS comments. Good luck next time and thanks for the job you've done so far.

  • whyowhy on August 1, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    This man is probably the oldest curator in the business and obviously he is living in the stone age........This is a record breaking wicket and the Sri lankans are record breakers.... check the records I am sure the most number of records have been achieved and broken when the Sri Lankans were playing, If I recall there is a book written by a Lankan about this.............

  • sonjjay on August 1, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    This guy should be made to bowl for all days on this pitch against batsmen from both the teams we'll see what we has to say then. the pitches in the subcontinent are sounding the death knell for test cricket now, even our Indian board is makes flat pitches for IPL mathces. the first test at the motera cricket ground last yr against srilanka was probably equal to the ssc. I used to enjoy watching the matches in sub continents for the spin they offer to the tweakers, i hope they retain their orignal charcter and produce more balanced wickets, I would rather enjoy a pitch like we made against SA in Kanpur in 2008. It was a fighting knock from Sourav and intresting to watch..

  • East_West on August 1, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    It's funny some pakis are making fun of Indian bowling and pitches in India! hmm..let me guess, VIRU scored a triple hundred in Pakistan..wonder why?? Was it a flat dead broke pitch! guess what! there are pitches that are not even worth talking about! if one wants a good contest between a BAT and BALL, then let ICC start a team of curators who go to every country and prepare similar pitches in every damn country so that no country whines about home or away advantage!! sick and tired of hearing this nonsense!! Why don't ICC takes the blame and START A TEAM OF CURATORS AND DISPATCH TO EVERY COUNTRY!!!

  • on August 1, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    Yes, that's what comes to my mind. Rubbish, he didn't do his job right and now criticizing the bowlers. He knew Sri Lanka and India have good batting line up than why not make the contest even by making a lively pitch.

  • sarith on August 1, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    Polonowita's lame excuse...

  • Test_Match_Fan on August 1, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    The curator is right about one thing: India's bowling attack is pedestrian. No way they can take 20 Sri lanka wickets on ANY track. Kick out Harbhajan and Ojha. Bring in Munaf Patel and Amit Mishra. For off spin, use India's best spinner and all rounder Sehwag! No need to waste the bowler spot on Harbhajan.

  • ILaughAtThee on August 1, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    Ladies and gentlemen, presenting to you the Bishen Singh Bedi of pitch administrators, Mr whats-his-name! lol! Folks like him should be quickly quarantined for the sake of Test cricket!

  • SoftwareStar on August 1, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    when Mr Curator knows that the bowling is weak, why not make a bowler friendly pitch so we can have an even contest???

  • L4zybugg3r on August 1, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    It was obvious after a day or so that this would be a draw, I mean 4/642 that is ridiculous. If they had batted out their innings would they have made 900, 1000 even? The curator is trying to protect his job, and you know what he should be worried, as even though the bowling attacks weren't that pitch was a disaster. Then again, the same thing happens at Adelaide over since Warne and McGrath retired, they talk about the number of results over the last 15 - 20 years, but now it's all draws. Someone please fix the pitches.

  • on August 1, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    What a guy, poor attitude and what a pathetic reasons to defend his work. The pitch was dead as even the last Indian pair frustrated SL for two hours. The SL is very much run by mafias at every front now..

  • sneeky55 on August 1, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    Listen mr. polonowita, this india and this sri lanka have bad bowlers but your pitch is worse!

  • McGorium on August 1, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    @kAlex: Perhaps the fact that "club-level" bowling attack (your words, I don't believe that to be true) can be no 1 is a sad reflection on the state of other teams. Where do you expect SRL to go now, given the absence of Murali and Vaas? Malinga's test avg/SR is not better than Zaheer Khan's. Sanga is the only real class batsman in the lineup (you might say Mahela, and I might direct you to scrutinize his record outside the subcontinent. Flat tracks at SSC has done wonders to his average). Perhaps you believe Johnson and co would do better on this featherbed? Yes, the strong batting resulted in both sides making 600+. A stronger bowling lineup might've resulted in 500ish. This pitch was dead. All batsmen who got out, got themselves out. Sure, Sachin's dropped catch could have made a difference. Maybe. But, ever wonder why there was not even an outside chance of getting a wicket after that? Poor bowling is just part of the problem. The wicket was crap.

  • Fluzao on July 31, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Why are they playing two tests in Colombo anyway ? What has happened to that stunning little ground at Kandy ?

    The need for flash new grounds for 50 over World Cups is destroying the old traditional Test venues. First we lose The Recreation Ground in Antiuga, and Bourda In Guyana, now Asgiriya in Kandy has disappeared off the Test match circuit. Why wont these Cricket boards listen to the public, or even the players ?

    How can India now have 5 home tests coming up between September and December, and not one is to be held at either Kolkata, Mumbai or Channai. The Crowds at Mohali and Nagpur are a joke for Test Cricket. Just Two Tests for an India v Australia series ?

    The BCCI & SLC need to get a grip !

  • on July 31, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    the indians bowling attack is soooooo bad. i dont see them getting bangladeshis out twice in a test match.

  • Manoj1234 on July 31, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    Regarding the curator. he is just covering his you know what., Reg comment by kalex, club bowling side is still no 1 probably because the other sides are even worse.. If you can't dislodge a side with a club bowling attack , then obviously you don;t deserve to be no 1. Sri lanka is a worse home tiger than India ever was.

  • bonner on July 31, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    What a joke! Pitches like this are killing Test cricket in some parts of the world. Who would turn up to watch such one sided rubbish. Maybe if the teams selected 2 bowling machines each then they could play 9 batters and score some 'serious' runs.

  • on July 31, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    I agree totally with Mr Polonnowita, Sri Lanka should have won the game. Welagedera should have played instead of Prasad. Randiv is clearly not good enough to play test cricket. Bowled seventy odd overs and took 2 wickets one of which is a stumping. Mendis did well but Randiv bowling without creating any sort of presure did not help Mendis.

    Can someone help me why did Mendis bowl less than Randiv and still took more wickets.

    Please I hope for the sake of Sri Lankan Cricket Randiv gets dropped from the test squad. Please pick either senanayake or Seekkuge Prasanna who deserve a test spot.

    And please keep Welagedera as he has worked really hard in the last 5 years to get a chance. I have been following all the tour matches in the last five years and Welagedera has been one of the best bowlers in them.

  • yorkslanka on July 31, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    absolute rubbish, why doesnt he admit he did an awful job preapring this track and making us a laughing stock around the world..his comments cannot be excused and he should be taken to task by our board for saying such silly things...did he miss the 1500 or so runs scored on the wicket?

  • on July 31, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Hilarious! This gentleman wants every bowler in this world to match the likes of Murali. Brilliant way to defend a dud pitch!

  • on July 31, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    This is a dead pitch but then there are teams that bowl the opposition out on even the deadest of pitches. What happened to the reverse swing when the pitch is bald? Remember Gillespie and Warne wreck havoc in 2004. I bet SL would have been 2-0 up had Malinga played. This is a typical SSC pitch and it is not true that the groundsmen should be blamed when the teams are not good enough. Wonder what the reaction would have been if Zaheer is playing (read reverse swinging) and Harbhajan was able to turn the ball, Dhoni would be singing a different tune. Come third test, SL will win the test match even with one of the Indian batsman scoring a "fighting" century in II innings and India will retain Test No 1 spot even after losing to SL.

  • mrmonty on July 31, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    To all those siding with the curator and blasting Ishant Sharma; you guys have no sense of context. Wait for Ishant to bowl in South Africa. I think sweetspot got it correct; if Ishant Sharma is such a bad bowler, how did Ishant the batsman survive 120 balls? The fact is SL are 1-0 and they don't care about the remaining tests producing a result. Time for Jaywardane, Sanga, Dilshan and rest to plump up their average before they tour SA, Aus or Eng.

  • sachinmagod on July 31, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    I dont understand this fellow. He's not making ANY sense. Even, if SL team consisted of Warne, Murali, Malinga, Mcgrath. The result wouldve been same. Yes, Sachin's dropped chance made a difference, but you cannot base a match on that. If you're saying SL bowling attack is better than India's then why don't you go on and take his wicket? You guys cant bowl for good. You got that many wickets because INDIAN THREW AWAY THEIR WICKET. And NOBODY ASKED HIM TO MAKE PITCH THAT FINISHES THE MATCH IN 3 days. We had a great game in India vs SL that went upto the wire. Same in Aus vs Pak. That's what we need in cricket. Look around the world and see what is being produced. Only is Sri Lanka, there are these kinds of Draws in EVERY Series. And that just makes their very ORDINARY batsmen look extraordinary. They score all their runs in SL and get their avvge to 50. Rubbish. Remember, SL 950+? it all happens only in SL. Can we ask the curator to bowl and get a wicket in the wicket? I'll give $1000.

  • on July 31, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Well I will somewhat agree to Mr Curator.... Pitch plays just 20-30% of part in a game... means actual thing is the skills of the players.... Even the pitches of Perth and Adelaide can get high scoring matches... If against Bangladesh a team scores 700... then is that a Pitch problem or Bangladesh bowling attack is weak... SAchin and Raina played pretty well to save the test match....

  • PremZtalks on July 31, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    Shame on INDIAN bowlers --- Curator criticizing them top, left & right. Hes right in some aspects sachin's catch held and everyone knows what would have happened by then. At the max India might have avoided followon but still could have lost the game...

  • Reggaecricket on July 31, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    This is BS Mr. Polonawita! What you are saying is that The SL and Indian bowling is worse than the SSC club side! If you say that the Sri Lankan bowlers were so bad that Ishant Sharma and Ojha batted almost a sessin, I say stop talking rubbish. You prepared a dead wicket and that is fact. Learn from these mistakes and try to emulate Aus and SA, who always prepare resut oriented tracks. I hope the ICC takes note and does something to prevent this kind of fiasco happening again.

  • Munkeymomo on July 31, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    I hope he wasn't including Mr. Vijay in his list of top class batsmen because, quite frankly, I don't buy that.

  • klobania on July 31, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    i partially agree with curator atleast indian bowling attack was pathetic believe me this bowling can not get any team out twice or even once i mean man if this match was played at english conditions i bet even indian batting line up would have collapsed

  • Sanks555 on July 31, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    I believe the curator is partly right. Indian bowlers have not been able to bowl out even a single side on the Sri Lanka tour. The pitch was pretty flat but a better bowling line-up, and a less strong batting line-up, could have led to a result. If Prasanna Jayawardene had held onto Sachin's catch, a Sri Lanka victory was possible. Indian bowlers manage to get 3 SL batsman out for 98 in 2nd innings. If they had carried out in that manner and got the SL team out in 20 more overs, a very unlikely Indian victory was still possible. The pitch was not a result-oriented one but was not as dead as portrayed by media.

    His advice to bowlers was however in bad taste. It was like some one breaking a champion athlete's leg and than saying that if the athlete is really a champion, he should try to win races on one leg.

  • magd2992 on July 31, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Everybody makes mistakes. It's a shame Polonowita can't admit to making one himself. These sorts of pitches are to blame for the demise of Test cricket.

  • on July 31, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Haha are you fo real Mr. Anurudda Polonowita?

    No seriously tell me?!

  • Rajesh. on July 31, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Well, the SSC pitch was flat as one could get and any bowler would have struggled on this but the curator does have a point here......... it's true that the bowling line-up of both the teams were very weak. With a full-fledged bowling attack we may still have got only a draw but you never know......... a wicket here, a wicket there & the whole complexion of the game changes even on a flat deck. So, the weak bowling was as much a reason for the ridiculously high scores as the pitch !

  • Mark00 on July 31, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    The SSC has a lower percentage of drawn matches than Lords, the Oval, Trentbridge, and Old Trafford. This match simply demonstrates what happens when a second rate bowling attack is matched up against a squad of double-centurions.

  • on July 31, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    @putrevus: If indian bowling attack was poor ,what about the Lankans ,they could not dislodge the No 10 and 11 for almost a session.I think this guy learnt the act of giving excuses from Sangakara.

  • on July 31, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    c'mon, even Murli would hav been hammered here on dis Pitch

  • manasvi_lingam on July 31, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Both the attacks were bad but the track was even pathetic. Even in one includes the dropped catches by Sri Lanka can someone tell me why nearly 30 overs were needed to remove Ojha or Ishant? The reason was that this was a really bad pitch

  • CricketisKing on July 31, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    What a load of crock. Already Test matches are in trouble and pitches like this is not going to help. When is the ICC going to step in and stop this kind of nonsense? The reason why the art of bowling is dying in the sub-continent is because the pitches are made for batsmen. The people want to see runs being scored not wickets taken. With Twenty20 becoming popular you are going to see more pitches like this. Indian bowling is atrocious anyway and Sri Lanka will follow suit.

  • olodum on July 31, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    well said by polonowita, the curator, he shows india the truth,,lol

    lol, he has monstrously hammered india's bowling.lol hats off to u sir just for speaking the truth.

  • on July 31, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Reality Bites...Dhoni blames SSC pitch for the dull draw but curator shows him the real reason why it was draw.. no worldclass wicket-takers bowlers from both team was the main reason.. He is right about Sachin's wicket.. If they took that catch, SL would have won... I can't be agree with him more..

  • howizzat on July 31, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    OH, CURATOR, YOU ARE RIGHT. YOU SHOULD BE RECOMMENDED TO ICC FOR MAKING PITCHES LIKE ONE IN SSC ALL OVER THE WORLD. DOOMS DAY FOR TESTS WILL BE A CERTAINITY.

  • on July 31, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    You are right, Mr. Polonowita, but not completely right. If you can say bowlers should be able to bowl on any pitch and be able to take wickets, then why not say batsman should be able to play on any pitch. You know both teams have worlds best batting lineup, and worst bowlers, then why not test the worlds best batsman on bowling track and give little advantage to bad bowlers. Look at England pitches they give assistance to both bowlers and batsman, only if you are bowling in right areas, and only if you are batting with good technique. Thats why grounds are packed with crowds.

  • on July 31, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Yes, bowling attack of India is very weak, but a 1400 run 17 wickets in 5 days is just bacause of bowling? Why do the curators make batting averages of mediocre batsmen more important than trying to win a test match

  • israrraja on July 31, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    agree with kalex.ICC rating is joke and I think it is formulated some Indian Mathematician.Indian are experts in spinning the bad things into good. NOT good spinner balers at all currently.

  • nlambda on July 31, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    This is excuse-making to defend oneself. The bowling is weak but that does not excuse the pitch. Where was bounce, turn etc? It is a shame that in the sub-continent people will die before admitting to making mistakes. Disgraceful pitch, disgraceful test match and now a disgraceful curator.

  • Tlotoxl on July 31, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Nobody can justify the fact that at one point just before SRT got out that there had been over 1200 runs for only 9 wickets, there is no way on earth that you could say that was a good cricket wicket - of course crowds like good batting but surely after 160 fours by the end of the match with all hope of a result long since gone the attaction of seeing a boundry would have long since lost its luster, people like results not bore draws.

  • on July 31, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    its like what the Karachi curator used to say whenever he was criticized for making dead tracks. "We had Wasim, Waqar, Saqlain, Mushtaq, Shoaib and we won matches here. The bowlers we have now just don't know how to bowl." Seriously give me a break. Any pitch where you need the world's best bowlers to eke out a result isn't worth having. Make a better pitch for bowling and both teams have the batting to take the game to day 5. Here it would have taken at least10 days to get a result with SL scoring 600-odd for only 4 wickets.

  • GlobalCricketLover on July 31, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Does this guy know cricket at all? Mr Polonowita, why not you lay 22 yards of granite or marble instead? If the last test failed to tell you how awful your job was, then nothing else will. By the way, what makes you think a test match that gets over in 3 or 4 days is a bad thing? We all crave for such matches where the ball has slightly higher hold over bat and only those with solid technique making some runs rather than any tom, dick and harry milking hundreds at SSC.

  • on July 31, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    AZ .. This guy is another joker. Anyone who had played some level of cricket or even watched a lot of cricket will know what the wicket was at the SSC. Yes.. both bowling line ups would have been on the weaker side but that was not a pitch for a Test Match. Havong pitches like this will not improve or motivate any bowler. We need to prepare sporting wickets

  • on July 31, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Nobody told to make a pitch of 3 days, you must atleast finish the 1st innings by 3rd day and give 2 days to decide.

  • BellCurve on July 31, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Is the batting good, the bowling weak or the pitch flat? Short answer: we will never know. What I do know is that Harbajan is currently India's best bowler by some distance. And his bowling average is currently 31.62. That is worse than Jacques Kallis, who averages 31.59. My gut feel is that India and Sri Lanka has consistently been playing on flatter pitches than the other sides. When Sangakarra, Tendulkar, Jayawardene or Sehwag are at the crease they draw in the television audiences in their respective countries. The powers that be know this very well. I wouldn't be surprised if the curators are instructed the national boards. As a result we end up with is something that just isn't proper cricket.

  • kiruthigai on July 31, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    I see people speak a lot about that tendulkar catch which was missed,and saying otherwise SL could have won the match (pooww).. grow up guys in the first test match India missed 3 to 4 good catches,Is that the reason SL won (ha ha ha..)..this shows the charecter of SL guys.. missing a catch and getting a life is parts and parcel of cricket,its all about how to utillise the opportunity which the GOD did.. India is placed at No 1 because they won series in ENG,WI,NZ and won the matches in SA,AUS,SL.. how many matches SL won in abroad.. look at the record before talk..

  • on July 31, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    He is correct, who made most of these runs there, icc rank no.1 no.2 & no.3 with cricket legend sachin. Very strong betting VS hopeless bowling attack too. in four innings of srilankan betting india never taken ten wicket(including president-xi). will see next test progress

  • Srikolith on July 31, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Polonnowita is just kidding or gone mad. everyone except him accept that the pitch is not producing results. He is a kind of guy who always defend himself pointlessly. Earlier he made the pitch of Premadasa (during srilanka india ODI series)which slowed down at night. He didn't accept it by saying that he made it properly. Now a days test matches are loosing their popularity due to shorter formats. arranging this kind of surfaces makes it worse. I don't think bowlers are weak. Ya we really miss malinga,murali & zaheer. But can u tell harbajan, oja, randiv & mendis are weak bowlers. Its just that pitch offered them nothing. I don't think people like watching bating performance only. Modern spectators are intelligent. No matter test matches eend in 3 days if they produce results rather than going for 5 days without any results. I'm a srilankan But i like to watch a loosing match rather than a match heading for a draw, bcz there is something to see. So Mr.polon, go home if u cant perform

  • Januka on July 31, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Anuruddha Polonnowita is an old school national cricketer with virtually no formal professional training at what he does. This is the same person who boasted about being the curator of the pitch when Sri Lanka hit that record score 976. Records are good but it's the same sort of pitch management that is killing test cricket today. I am not sure why SLC would even want to keep him as the national curator. I would think Jayanada Warnaweera is much better than him b/c he makes sure that there is a result at his venue. It's time to say bye bye to Polonnowita, your 60s-70s thinking isn't going to keep test, the best form of, cricket alive.

  • on July 31, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    seriously guys you think that ishanth(117 balls) and ojha(92* balls) can bat for 33 OVERS for 10th wicket and say that there is something for bowlers on this pitch!!!!!!! its absurd !!!! i agree bowling attacks are weak but thats a lame excuse to defend the pitch.......even with a good attack i dont think any1 would have managed 20 wickets and won!!

  • Deepfreezed on July 31, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Mr Polonowita you messed up. Admit it... SCC pitch has become really flat. This happens when the pitch is really old and packed in so hard for may years. You should have used a recently laid track. If all your pitches are old or leave some grass at lease. Think about relaying this track. This used to be an bouncy track.

  • on July 31, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    I really am not a fan of the Indian team, I really am not. But this is just a load of poop!I know Sanga made a double and Mahela made a century, but watching that wasn't even a bit interesting compared to some of their overseas innings. Id rather see them getting out.

    The pitch was horrible, appalling. Hated the match, hated it!

  • Molu14 on July 31, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    The pitch curator is correct in his own cunning way; if Malinga and Murali would have been bowling, India most probably could have recieved another heavy defeat. He had prepared yet another pitch on which the team batting first (normally Sri Lanka) can score 600+ and then roll the other team out twice. However, I do not think it comes within his rights to so blatantly humilate the Indian team bowlers. They already have the media do do that! And as for the pitch, Dhoni was quite right in saying that tracks in the subcontinent generally turn if not seam, that was absent all throughout. Look at the pitch in trent bridge--the batsmen are really being TESTED by the bounce, swing, and perhaps more turn than the SCC. If analyzed from all aspects, definety not a satisfactory cricket oitch.

  • gagagaga on July 31, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    it is for this reason, you should take 5-10 runs off all sub-con player's batting avg. so, who's winning the 'fatten my avgs up Cup'. who cares. what a joke!

  • Pits76 on July 31, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    with all due respect Mr curator, the course of the match because a catch was dropped has nothing to do with the quality of the pitch. i am sure you know that much, dont try to save yourself by giving ridiculous justifications.

    a good pitch is one which helps bowlers to create chances for getting batsman out...

  • thiyak on July 31, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Mr.Polonowita you are correct .These people want the result for the test and want to finish in 3 days . This is not good for test cricket . If anyone wants a good test match this was the good pitch to play . Both the teams should take half chance catches which they failed and even SL didn't take the catches which they came to the hands . A good bowler can take wickets in any pitch . Aus bowlers took and they won matches in SSC . Indian didn't have a goods bowling attack and they coun't all out SL team in both the matches so they are blaming the pitch and buy the way SL did catch the chances which came to thet that cost them a lot specially Sachin's catch . If you can't dance don't blame the stage .

    Commentators/Writers are mostyly from India and they talk in favour of indian team which is not good for cricket !!!! Also some of our SL Commentators like Ranjith Fernando / Rainl AB they say yes to what ever the indian Commentators say SLBC should get rid of these people .

  • on July 31, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    LOL way to go Mr.Polonnowita!!! Even when SL score 500+ runs at Galle,these so called commentators,journalists and even Indian fans began to blame on pitch,saying it was a flat track. But only until Murali and Malinga wrap up 20 wickets of India in first and second inning!! These people who blame on the pitch cant just digest the fact SL did well in 2nd Test by scoring 100+ by every SL player except Thilan,79*,and took 10 wkts of Indians,where Indian got only 7 wkts in both innings!! So blame the curator,blame the SLC!!!So pathetic. Sanjey Manjekar also critisizing the pitch,i would suggest him to give some advices to BCCI to not to make pitches like Feroz Shah Kotla,which would kill ODI,rather than blaming on SSC curator.

  • on July 31, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    i only can agree about 30%. although sri lankan bowlers were much better even they couldn't get much out of the track. there was nothing for fast bowlers. i think a more sporting pitch would have given sri lanka a 2-0 lead. so for all those indians complaining i would say you are LUCKY the pitch didn't deteriorate, otherwise sri lanka would have won easily. So THANK the curator

  • SnowSnake on July 31, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    I love India, it just have enough to stay at the top of the ranking. It manages to spend just enough effort to stay at top no more than bare minimum. Other teams, with their "outstanding" bowling effort still cannot top India. Interesting. India should now get out more-- outside sub-continent that is.

  • VipulPatki on July 31, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Curator is simply missing the point. Look at the amount of time spent by Ishant and Ojha at the crease on the fifth day. Agreed that Indian bowling is at present club-level. But Sri Lankan bowlers were supposed to be better and they were better. It's not an indictment of SL bowlers that they couldn't take the tenth wicket for more than two hours. There have been countless examples in recent times where bowling attacks much more potent than we saw this week were made to look ordinary. However, this shouldn't divert selectors' attention from the severe drought of good pace bowlers in India. @putrevus: Name ONE Indian bowler you think would have done a better job on this track.

  • addiemanav on July 31, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    what a shame!!the wicket was pathetic..if you believe that the bowlers shud hav generated something out of nothing,either you dont understand cricket or maybe you were watching some other game..and to the curator,we wud rather hav a 3day fininsh than having 5days of boring play and no result!!this attitude of curators and some of the ppl who support his comments will kill cricket!!at last,nobody needs to remind indian bowling as weak..we knew it before sending the team..do not want your acceptance letter!!

  • Lahori_Munde on July 31, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    All the genious here like 'kAlex' who are coming down heavy on Indian bowling and their top ranking, take a look at how SL bowling is? The last Indian pair frustarted them for almost 2 hours. Please take a trouble to think little harder and you will not be 'mortified'. The pitch was dead. Miind you the commentators are not the smartest but they have played more cricket then Mr Polonowita-the pitch curator. By the way, The same Indian team completely trashed SL not too long ago..

  • on July 31, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Lifeless, is the only word you would describe this pitch by. The Batsmen had no doubt in their minds. The new ball did nothing for the seamers so the spinner bowled using the new ball. Is that not explanatory enough..... Like some other who have commented before. This guys is going to any extreme to keep hid job.

  • Alkais on July 31, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Just to appease the crowd, is he saying that he has prepared pitch to last 5 days?. Crowd will be happy to see matches which have even contest between bat and ball. It shouldnot be like batsmen come and hit through the line and score tons of runs. I dont even consider the batsmen of srilanka as world class other than two as other players are yet to prove outside srilanka. A pitch lilke this is called sportive.(nonsense) Then what u will call a pitch which is really sportive.. Bad for test match. I dont want to see batsmen coming and scoring by hitting through the line. Why dont Mr Polonowita say he prepared the pitch just to please sponsors, TV broadcasters. I watched the match between srilanka and SouthAfrica. That was poor advertisement for test cricket. Srilankan batsmen just hit through the line and scored 200 and 300. The match which is going now between England and Pakistan is good for test cricket. I watch those matches as there is even contest between bat and ball.

  • Nampally on July 31, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    The Curator is bound to defend the pitch he has prepared which was anything but sporting one. Little more grass on the pitch would have made all the difference especially in hot, humid conditions. Admittedly the bowling on both the sides was not the top class but 2 double centuries & 3 centuries (& over 1500 runs) was enough proof to state that this was a batting friendly pitch.No results after 5 days is poor reflection on both the sides + Pitch. No wonder the 5 day Test cricket is losing support especially when the ODI's & T-20 are result orientated. My first advise to the Curator is to prepare the pitch which gives equal help to both bowlers & batsmen - i.e., a Sporting pitch- SSC was anything but it & please do not defend it. Watch Pak Vs. England test match pitch. Can P.Sara pitch be a sporting one remains to be seen. But meaningless matches are killing Test Cricket. Let us not wait for its ultimate demise and reflect backwards at our collective follies.

  • on July 31, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    yeah!!! dats d truth and there's no point of blaming the pitch as well... Dhoni and the indian selectors should focus hard on the bowling department rather then blaming the pitch!! the pitch was true, a normal and healthy test wicket. there was turn on the third day. so, it was a true wicket!!! but unfortunately, ishant and mithun focussed hard on batting then bowling!! if not a result, india could atleast had done enough to make a fighting one on the opening days!! But all in vain, a lame excuse, zaheer is unfit!!! has a country of 200 crores just produced one bowler who is actually a test bowler or is it that players for small areas like VRV singh, irfan pathan, ashok dinda, gony dont deserve another break but the players from delhi and maharashtra do!!! heck!!! what has ishant given to the side dat everytime he's choosen above RP and irfan pathan!!!!!

  • on July 31, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    "The A team hammered 514 for 9. They played at Galle, and Sri Lanka we got 520 for 8. At SSC, 642 for 4. What are you talking about the pitch?"

    Totally Owned by Curator... hahahahah

  • on July 31, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    I think the pitch played its part 50% and the bowling was very weak too... Have to agree with the fact that IF they had taken sachin`s catch the game would have gone in srilankas favor and the blame for the pitch wouldn't have existed.. True point, if Sri lanka A can score 514/9, then that describes Indians bowling..

  • since7 on July 31, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    well,right from the wrong fact that india would have been 180 for 5 to the other statements the curator has only made a joke of himself.wonder he would have had he courage to say these things if murali had played here.ITs now easier for him to find an excuse that murali didnt play.Agreed that the bowling attacks were spineless but what does he mean when he says that crowds expect cricket for 5 days and not for 3 days?..a curator with such a cricketing knowledge isnt good enough to be onedoes he expect fans to watch a game just because it extends to 5 days full?..

  • Mark00 on July 31, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    The SSC has a lower percentage of drawn matches than Lords, the Oval, Old Trafford, and Trent Bridge.

    When you have teams filled with double-centurions you're obviously going to see second rate bowling attacks get plastered. Good bowlers have taken tons of wickets on this pitch.

  • on July 31, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    what a load of rubbish. the man should be fired because that pitch was dreadful for cricket. The pitch should have been more even with at least something for the bowler. And if as he says, the bowling attacks were so weak, shouldn't he have realised that, and done something about it, to re-balance the contest.

  • Mark00 on July 31, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    The SSC has a lower percentage of drawn matches than Lords, the Oval, Old Trafford, and Trent Bridge.

    When you have teams filled with double-centurions you're obviously going to see second rate bowling attacks get plastered. Good bowlers have taken tons of wickets on this pitch.

  • Alexk400 on July 31, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Curator is absolutely correct. Indian bowlers are club level. Indian spinners are worst than club bowlers.

    India should not be Number 1 team. Pathetic.

  • on July 31, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Any way Curator Mr Polonnowita could have tryed something different to bring out a result ,the way he is speaking is that he wanted the match to last all the 5 day even if it dosent bring out a necessary result,which is cruel to the game of Test Cicket which is dying out due to its ''Dully Draw'' factor and no contest between bat and ball.One thing Mr Polonnowita has got very very wrong is blaming the bowlers for the 1500 plus runs scored on this placid flattest pitch you could have asked( only if you want to bat of course) because the bowlers had nothing exept later in the 5th day where there was something for the spinners,had troubled all batsmen from the turn they extracted but it was too late.Sorry Mr Polonnowita but you have to exept your fault in making a batsman's paradise and a bowler's nightmare.

  • andrew.henshaw on July 31, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Weak bowling aside - the pitch is a dull one. Look at statsguru for SSC for the last 10 years. Batting average per wicket 52.49. Batting average at all grounds (Sri Lanka matches only) in the last 10 years 42.48. 10 runs difference. Enough said. And even with Vaas & Murali over the last 10 years there has still been 5 dull draws

  • Rogue777 on July 31, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Though I disagree with him on the main point which is that this was a truly flat track not good for test cricket. Have to give him KUDOS for calling out the mighty number 1 ranked Indian Team like that! LOL Yes it was a flat track. Yes I personally like tracks like Kandy much better where you are sure of a result even after 3 days. But he is right to an extent. If we took Sachin's catch and then capitalized on it we may have come out with a win. And maybe bowlers like Akram ; Murali ; Waqar ; McGrath or Walsh could have gotten something out out of nothing, I have seen Vaas do it many a time. Either way it is a very AMUSING read! All that being said I really hope we get a bowler friendly track at P Sara that makes matches very exciting. And for those blaming all of Sri Lanka for this track remember Galle gave a result in 4 days and so will P Sara and Kandy. So do not put all together in one big pile!

  • Mark00 on July 31, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    SSC pitch has a lower percentage of drawn matches than Lords, Trent Bridge, the Oval, or Old Trafford.

    The curator is spot on. The bowling in both sides is below first class level while the batsmen on both sides are enormously accomplished. In terms of being result oriented, the SSC pitch is actually quite good, at least, by English standards.

  • OutCast on July 31, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    C'mon grown-up man! A legend named Murali chose to retire at the end of Galle test rather than SSC says something, right?! Murali knew about the pitch & he did not want to be sent off on wheel chair. Smart Murali and pitiful Polowitta. Luckily Polowitta did not blame LTTE for this.. hehe

  • on July 31, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    On the same wickets Vass excelled with his reverse swing vs West Indies and others. Sanga and Mahela though our heros are not in good terms with Vass as all Sri Lankans know. The reason him been appointed SL vice captain before them. I hate Sanga for this arrogance. And y SL reach finals and do not win now ? It is all because Sanga and Mahela's Aussy type of approach , no team spirit and no emotional intelligence. Y Sri Lanka won when Arjuna Aravinda were leading ? Emotional Intelligence in knowing how to get the best out of each member. Have u ever seen Sanga talking to a bowler ? never. He leaves to bowler alone. Have u seen SL team when Arjuna, Aravinda, Mahanama, Hashan and Gura played. They would discussed stratergy as a team with the juniors like Murali and Vass and get all opinion but Arjuna would take the final decision after the discussions. Now Sanga is working alone, no team work at all. He does not even have a oticable chat with Mahela. Aravinda time to tell Sanga to change

  • KingOwl on July 31, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    They have all got valid points. It is a flat track. But it is also true that the batting on both sides is strong, and bowling weak - Indian bowling weaker than Sri Lankan, and Indian batting stronger than Sri Lankan. In this context, only a superlative bowling effort can make a difference. Would Murali and Malinga (or any other world class bowler) made a difference? Quite possible. A good example is the match quoted above against South Africa. But in the absence of which, only a helpful pitch can produce results. So, should the SSC pitch have been fixed to make it easier for the bowlers? May be yes, from a short term perspective. But then, pitch fixing is a slippery slope. If there were easy answers, these problems would not exist. People keep shouting and screaming because they do to understand the complexities of the game.

  • on July 31, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    lankan pitches are really useless. dead wickets ... you can never add some life to test cricket without fast wickets which lanka nor india never think to produce

  • ravithecricbuff on July 31, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    The curator contradicts himself by saying "If you face a batting pitch, you have to take the challenge." So he agrees he prepared a BATTING pitch...well, whole point we the TEST lovers are making is the pitch should not be a batting or bowling one but an even one..a sporting pitch which can be equally good for both the species of cricket!! Curators like these should be banned from cricket and asked to make Pasture fields where cattles can go graze..at least that way they will be useful to someone

  • on July 31, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    This is one of the most ridiculous statements i have heard from a curator. He prepares a pitch which is lifeless from day one and he then talks about the quality of bowling on this pitch. I think that is very unfair, even Murali and Kumble would have found it very difficult to take wickets on this track. Hope we get a better track for the last test so that we get a good cricketing contest and the series is finished on an interesting note.....

  • knowledge_eater on July 31, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Wrong wrong wrong You made this pitch so Lankans can retain their series win. You made a bogus pitch to assassinate newbie's confidence. Its a crime and torture. I thought you would accept your mistake but NOOO you are backfiring. Now, I am really mad. Really mad. Stop defending your ugly ploy. This is unfair for batsman unfair for bowlers. If batsman score in this people say it was bogus wicket, if bowlers go for runs they say bowlers are bad. Ridiculous. Make a better pitch. I want result in Test. Stop doing press conference and try to manipulate. Good try but no-one is buying it here. Make a better pitch. Please be fair. Pitch must be turning from day 2 or 2.5. Its cheating cheating cheating. You better come up with better pitch in 3rd test. Fight like a man.

  • dubaiguy on July 31, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Hi I am SL living in Dubai, I think this guy is talking crap!! We all saw how the pitch played it was totally flat now I am not sure accoriding to who's advise are we preparing pitches I am guessing it's the capton/selectors decision. If we are to compete with countries like aussie or souht africa we need to prepare and play on bouncy pitches and not get scared if we loose couple of matches. So guys wake up and prepare some bouncy pitches in the future that will help bowlers + batman as well. I also think we need to look at a new young curator Anura has done a fair job but its time to move on and get some young blood new idea and more innovative approach is needed if we are to moved forward - Cheers

  • zingzangspillip on July 31, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    He has a point. Neither side has a strong bowling line-up, and both sides have very strong batting. However, the innings of Sharma and Ojha on the fifth morning showed what a dead pitch it was, and the fact that only 17 wickets fell (3.4 wickets per day) in the entire match demonstrates the real truth.

  • mrcruizy on July 31, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    the guy has a strong point and yes both sides are weaker when it comes to bowling. and please lets not fall into the BAJI being the best spinner around debate. he has NOT performed in a long long time now and honestly i don't remember when was the last time he actually performed to his potential..the guy is right.just look at the batsman we are having in this series in both sides, sachin, dravid, sehwag, laxman, ghambir, sangakara, dilshan, jaywardeney, samaraweera to name a few..and now take a look at the likes of yuvraj, dhoni, raina,prasantha, Mathews .. but what bowler comes to mind when we switch on the tv for this particular series?? Ishant? No please.. bhaji? no please. fernando? no please. randiv?? are u kidding me?? the guy is right.. just have a murli vass srinath parsad in that bowling line up and see the result..there has to have a result when such good bowlers are there..people did use to get result n still there were great batsman in subcontinent teams..

  • on July 31, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    The curator does not get the point. Even a weak bowling line up should not allow 600-700 runs consistently. In the subcontinent, it is often the pressure of tall scores which brings results. This is not exactly "the balance between bat and ball" that we talk about. A side which gets folded for 200 has no chance of making a come back. This does not make for good viewing.

  • kAlex on July 31, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Well said, Mr Polonowita !!

    This Indian balloon bowling attack is insipid at its best. Any amateur cricketer can toy around with the likes of Ishant 'pretty boy' Sharma.

    It mortifies me to think how could a club level bowling team stay at the top of ICC Test rankings !!

  • on July 31, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Ridiculous...both the pitch and his justifications...!..RIP bowlers on SSC ;)

  • Partyman on July 31, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    This man at best is deluded. He has no idea what he is talking about. Either he believes the rest of the world is stupid or he is a joke. I would put my money on the later. Sri Lankan cricket has always produced wickets similar to the one for the last test and it is time they get penalised for this. Their captain complains about lop sided test schedules......... But he needs to realise his country is at the forefront of producing lop sided pitches like these. It is easy to feeling hard done by but he needs to retain a balanced sense of perspective.

  • on July 31, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Seriously? Is this guy kidding or something..!!! Just to defend his job he could go up to these limits??? Whole world could clearly see that the pitch had pretty much nothing to offer. Grow up Mr Polonowita and face the facts that you prepared a dead flat track.

  • springonion on July 31, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    "If you want it to finish in three days, I can fix the pitch for three days. That's not cricket." Beats the ordeal that we faced over the past week. An absolutely woeful pitch and the curator is clearly completely deluded. Perhaps he should subscribe to whatever channel is showing the test series' in England.

  • nataraajds on July 31, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    no, this SSC pitch is complete slow track & in players like mendis & suraj did not get any help here. please don't offer this kind of pitch because test cricket now need only result oriented pitch to survive

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 31, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Cricinfo seriously put this up as news? Why wouldn't the curator divert the blame? The guy has to protect his job. It is also takes no great nous to point out that the bowling attacks fielded were probably amongst the worst in the world at the moment ( if anything, shouldn't that encourage u to produce a better surface?) and the Sri Lankan fielding was awful. Even if they did take that easy catch off of SRT, the game may well have still gone on to draw. If I was ICC, I would send harsh letters to the boards of Sri Lanaka, India,W.I. and Bangladesh and tell them I don't want anymore rubbish pitches.

  • on July 31, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Ya the words are absolutly true.no one cant say petaining to the pitch.its a very pitch for both bowlers and batsmen.bt bowlers couldn't do well.

  • ASANGARAVI on July 31, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    You are absolutely correct Mr. Polonnowita. If Sachin's Catch has been taken, this match has not been a drawn one. Indians (specially their Basied Commentators/Writers) thought even in the Last day, Srilankans will collapse & dreaming for a India win. Assume if they have won this, then no lame stories like this. In that Match Sri lanka has blew a golden opportunity to win a test & series by their poor fielding…

  • catalyst213 on July 31, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    What a stupid way to defend a flat batting track even Murli would have hammered on this pitch.

  • putrevus on July 31, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Great Point made by curator the bowling attack from India was a disgrace , players now a days tend to push the blame on others rather than looking at themselves.Both bowling attacks were mediocre and they had no idea on how to build pressure by bowling line and length, if you keep giving away couple of boundaries every over what pressure will you build.

    Indian Selectors should be ashamed by persisting with these jokers who are bowling for Indian team, where is accountability from coaches and captain for setting unimaginative fields and bowlers not backing their captains.

  • sweetspot on July 31, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Yeah right! A 50 run 10th wicket partnership on top of 5 centuries and 1300 runs in two innings is all due to weak bowling attacks? Please. This guy isn't doing his job. He's a bit funny when he says bowlers should take up the challenge on this track too! What does that mean? Do we see bowlers having parties at ANY match these days?

  • Arsalan_RC on July 31, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    LOL Indians bieng humiliated by the Pitch curator! LOL i wonder how epic he would have looked saying "What is thier bowling?" referring to India LOL

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  • Arsalan_RC on July 31, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    LOL Indians bieng humiliated by the Pitch curator! LOL i wonder how epic he would have looked saying "What is thier bowling?" referring to India LOL

  • sweetspot on July 31, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Yeah right! A 50 run 10th wicket partnership on top of 5 centuries and 1300 runs in two innings is all due to weak bowling attacks? Please. This guy isn't doing his job. He's a bit funny when he says bowlers should take up the challenge on this track too! What does that mean? Do we see bowlers having parties at ANY match these days?

  • putrevus on July 31, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Great Point made by curator the bowling attack from India was a disgrace , players now a days tend to push the blame on others rather than looking at themselves.Both bowling attacks were mediocre and they had no idea on how to build pressure by bowling line and length, if you keep giving away couple of boundaries every over what pressure will you build.

    Indian Selectors should be ashamed by persisting with these jokers who are bowling for Indian team, where is accountability from coaches and captain for setting unimaginative fields and bowlers not backing their captains.

  • catalyst213 on July 31, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    What a stupid way to defend a flat batting track even Murli would have hammered on this pitch.

  • ASANGARAVI on July 31, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    You are absolutely correct Mr. Polonnowita. If Sachin's Catch has been taken, this match has not been a drawn one. Indians (specially their Basied Commentators/Writers) thought even in the Last day, Srilankans will collapse & dreaming for a India win. Assume if they have won this, then no lame stories like this. In that Match Sri lanka has blew a golden opportunity to win a test & series by their poor fielding…

  • on July 31, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Ya the words are absolutly true.no one cant say petaining to the pitch.its a very pitch for both bowlers and batsmen.bt bowlers couldn't do well.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 31, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Cricinfo seriously put this up as news? Why wouldn't the curator divert the blame? The guy has to protect his job. It is also takes no great nous to point out that the bowling attacks fielded were probably amongst the worst in the world at the moment ( if anything, shouldn't that encourage u to produce a better surface?) and the Sri Lankan fielding was awful. Even if they did take that easy catch off of SRT, the game may well have still gone on to draw. If I was ICC, I would send harsh letters to the boards of Sri Lanaka, India,W.I. and Bangladesh and tell them I don't want anymore rubbish pitches.

  • nataraajds on July 31, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    no, this SSC pitch is complete slow track & in players like mendis & suraj did not get any help here. please don't offer this kind of pitch because test cricket now need only result oriented pitch to survive

  • springonion on July 31, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    "If you want it to finish in three days, I can fix the pitch for three days. That's not cricket." Beats the ordeal that we faced over the past week. An absolutely woeful pitch and the curator is clearly completely deluded. Perhaps he should subscribe to whatever channel is showing the test series' in England.

  • on July 31, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Seriously? Is this guy kidding or something..!!! Just to defend his job he could go up to these limits??? Whole world could clearly see that the pitch had pretty much nothing to offer. Grow up Mr Polonowita and face the facts that you prepared a dead flat track.