India news August 6, 2010

Harbhajan hits out at lifeless SSC pitch

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Harbhajan Singh has hit out at the benign nature of pitch laid out for the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at the SSC. Bowlers from both sides struggled to make an impression during the Test in which several batting records were broken. Harbhajan told Hindustan Times that such lifeless pitches brought nothing to Test cricket, "not even spectators".

"You just can't have one-sided contests where the batsmen dominate," he said. "The seamers run in and bowl their hearts out and get nothing out of it. There should be some purchase on the first two days. Later on, if the spinners bowl well, they should get bounce, if not turn.

"People say Test cricket is dying. It is because of such one-sided contests. If you look at series in Australia and England, they get a lot of results because they produce good wickets, wickets that are true. That's the way it should be everywhere."

There has been a glut of India-Sri Lanka encounters recently, with the sides clashing in nine Tests, 26 ODIs and four Twenty20s since July 2008. Harbhajan said he did not mind playing anyone, but hinted that players from both camps were bored of the frequent fixtures between the sides.

"I think in the last eight months, we have played a lot of cricket against Sri Lanka. Obviously, the batsmen get used to your bowling and the bowlers know where they're going to play them. But I can't do much about it. I love playing cricket, so that's the way it goes. Who ever you play against, I don't mind. But yes, even the Sri Lankan players feel the same. We have played each other almost every second month in the last eight months.

Harbhajan struggled for form and fitness in the first Two Tests before returning home, missing the final Test and the upcoming ODI series. He defended the team management's decision to play him despite being half-fit, in the absence of senior seam bowlers Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth. "The day I reached Sri Lanka, I got swine flu, but recovered in time for the first Test. While bowling in the second Test, I suffered a side strain but carried on playing. The other three bowlers haven't played much Test cricket, so I had to take on the responsibility and give it the best shot.

"Then, I was running with Paddy (Upton, the mental conditioning coach) on the Galle Face road when I felt a calf strain. From there on, I have been struggling to walk. This is why I couldn't play the third Test," he said.

Harbhajan hopes to recover in time for the Champions League T20 in September, where, fitness permitting, he will represent Mumbai Indians. "That's the only tournament we have. Before that, there is the Corporate Trophy. I would like to test myself there myself there before I go to South Africa. But it shouldn't really be a problem because the physio told me that it would take two weeks to heal. Then, I'll have to do a lot of strengthening work for the calf. I am hoping everything goes well and I will be back to bowling and running after two weeks."

Harbhajan had a forgettable time in the first two Tests, conceding 280 runs for his two wickets as India slipped down 0-1 in the series. He faced widespread criticism for his inability to spearhead the young attack, with Bishan Singh Bedi terming Virender Sehwag the best offspinner in India in a veiled insult. Harbhajan however refused to retaliate.

"That's his opinion and it doesn't matter. I have heard him say a lot of things. Some people are like that; you can't change. All I can say is that my parents have taught me to respect elders," Harbhajan said.

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  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | August 9, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    hoo.BHAJJI. you are fading away from international cricket.Do you remeber how indians treat to our murali and mendis,when we came to india.So itis your turn now.suffer.. last but not least,dont even think of the world record 801! you will not pass kumble !!!

  • POSTED BY shenoyragh on | August 8, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    Ha ha ha... What about Galle??? Was that a flat track!? If Harbhajan's answer is yes, then Harbhajan should retire... This what he knows to do- Slam the pitch curators.. For starters, he needs to do the basics right.. Flight the ball, get the batsman to drive, reduce short balls.. If does nt do this, he can only blame the pitch.. Sehwag has a better tajectory.. Its a shame on Intl. cricket that we r only left with bowlers like harbhajan.. U cannot expect the pitches to deteriorate on the 4th and 5th days of the test match as it does in India.. Stop being a Cry baby and start to perform..!

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | August 8, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    Bhajji needs to learn from Murali. The difference between him and Murali was like day and night. Bhajji is only good under the most favorable spin conditions. This is not a sign of greatness.

  • POSTED BY Lahori_Munde on | August 8, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    Harbhajan is absolutely right. This is not about how the pitches are in India or Pakistan or wherever. Such dead pitches should be banned wherever it may be..

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    I find the comments that attack Harbhajan here hilarious. He's commenting on the nature of benign pitches overall. He is not singling out Sri Lanka. This pitch problem is something that seems to plague the subcontinent. The Asian block needs to get together and do something about it. The pitch for the last test match in the P. Sara stadium was excellent. I hope more players speak out openly against 'dead' pitches and the administrators take notice! As for Harbhajan's form... well he knows he needs to improve or else someone is bound to take his place sooner or later.

  • POSTED BY DinakarAppaji on | August 7, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    @Rahil Khan - How many matches in India were dead draws over last few years unlike what we see in Srilanka too often?

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Please dont make it a India-Srilanka issue here.It is for your kind information that Harbhajan has rightly slammed Dhiraj Prasanna(curator of Motera,Ahmedabd) for that more lifeless pitch in 2009 series.Perhaps not many were aware of that.The pitch at Galle was not as good as that of P Sara.Remember Murali struggled to get to the 800th wicket for 20 odd overs.India lost the 1st match because of its poor batting.SSC was no bad compare to the Oval-Lords during 2006-2007.But here I had to commend the Srilanka Cricket for having big outfields in all of these stadiums which gives true value for the shots.And Pakistanis should shut off here as we know how were the pitches in Lahore,Faisalabad in 2006 and again Karachi,Lahore in 2009(Terrorist attack series) ?they dont produce results unless they have grass on them.

  • POSTED BY zxaar on | August 7, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    i just wish to ask curator of second test pitch, what he has to say about this attach who could not bowl. Third test has surely made him look like fool at international level.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    How does he justify his poor performance in Galle then? Yes, it was a poor pitch; but Harbhajan gets no sympathy for his poor form of late. He is struggling anyway; and surely wouldn't have made much of a difference had he played at P. Sara.

    I think it is time for Harbhajan to play some domestic cricket and get his flight and rhythm back, rather than worrying about the Champions League.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | August 7, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Harbhajan Singh should learn to bowl on all types of wickets rather than finding excuses.......... He has been down the past few years and the frustration is evident in his comments. Anyway, he has been one over-rated bowler all through his career. Except for that 2001 series against Australia I've not seen him bowl like a match-winner......

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | August 9, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    hoo.BHAJJI. you are fading away from international cricket.Do you remeber how indians treat to our murali and mendis,when we came to india.So itis your turn now.suffer.. last but not least,dont even think of the world record 801! you will not pass kumble !!!

  • POSTED BY shenoyragh on | August 8, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    Ha ha ha... What about Galle??? Was that a flat track!? If Harbhajan's answer is yes, then Harbhajan should retire... This what he knows to do- Slam the pitch curators.. For starters, he needs to do the basics right.. Flight the ball, get the batsman to drive, reduce short balls.. If does nt do this, he can only blame the pitch.. Sehwag has a better tajectory.. Its a shame on Intl. cricket that we r only left with bowlers like harbhajan.. U cannot expect the pitches to deteriorate on the 4th and 5th days of the test match as it does in India.. Stop being a Cry baby and start to perform..!

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | August 8, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    Bhajji needs to learn from Murali. The difference between him and Murali was like day and night. Bhajji is only good under the most favorable spin conditions. This is not a sign of greatness.

  • POSTED BY Lahori_Munde on | August 8, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    Harbhajan is absolutely right. This is not about how the pitches are in India or Pakistan or wherever. Such dead pitches should be banned wherever it may be..

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    I find the comments that attack Harbhajan here hilarious. He's commenting on the nature of benign pitches overall. He is not singling out Sri Lanka. This pitch problem is something that seems to plague the subcontinent. The Asian block needs to get together and do something about it. The pitch for the last test match in the P. Sara stadium was excellent. I hope more players speak out openly against 'dead' pitches and the administrators take notice! As for Harbhajan's form... well he knows he needs to improve or else someone is bound to take his place sooner or later.

  • POSTED BY DinakarAppaji on | August 7, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    @Rahil Khan - How many matches in India were dead draws over last few years unlike what we see in Srilanka too often?

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Please dont make it a India-Srilanka issue here.It is for your kind information that Harbhajan has rightly slammed Dhiraj Prasanna(curator of Motera,Ahmedabd) for that more lifeless pitch in 2009 series.Perhaps not many were aware of that.The pitch at Galle was not as good as that of P Sara.Remember Murali struggled to get to the 800th wicket for 20 odd overs.India lost the 1st match because of its poor batting.SSC was no bad compare to the Oval-Lords during 2006-2007.But here I had to commend the Srilanka Cricket for having big outfields in all of these stadiums which gives true value for the shots.And Pakistanis should shut off here as we know how were the pitches in Lahore,Faisalabad in 2006 and again Karachi,Lahore in 2009(Terrorist attack series) ?they dont produce results unless they have grass on them.

  • POSTED BY zxaar on | August 7, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    i just wish to ask curator of second test pitch, what he has to say about this attach who could not bowl. Third test has surely made him look like fool at international level.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    How does he justify his poor performance in Galle then? Yes, it was a poor pitch; but Harbhajan gets no sympathy for his poor form of late. He is struggling anyway; and surely wouldn't have made much of a difference had he played at P. Sara.

    I think it is time for Harbhajan to play some domestic cricket and get his flight and rhythm back, rather than worrying about the Champions League.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | August 7, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Harbhajan Singh should learn to bowl on all types of wickets rather than finding excuses.......... He has been down the past few years and the frustration is evident in his comments. Anyway, he has been one over-rated bowler all through his career. Except for that 2001 series against Australia I've not seen him bowl like a match-winner......

  • POSTED BY XooX on | August 7, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Agreed with Bridge Badheka..It's not a question of pitches in India, Sri Lanka or elsewhere..It is not even a question of Harbhajan Singh talking about this when he is bowling below par..It's all about what lovers of test cricket want. Looking at the comments, I can fairly make out that most of these commenters have no love for test matches or that it is blinded too much by their self-defined "patriotism".

    Who cares whether Bhajji is speaking for himself or for test cricket - fact is highway-tracks as the SSC ruin test cricket. By now, we all know that the administrators have no interest in saving cricket..It's left to the test-cricket lovers ourselves..And if you are going to think defending your pitches is more important than saving test cricket, go ahead..I only pity for the viewership..

    As for myself, I would rather watch matches on those amazing English wickets than watch these games on substandard subcontinental pitches

  • POSTED BY bigbang07 on | August 7, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    And Murali tipped Harbhajan to emulate him? hah!!

  • POSTED BY XooX on | August 7, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    @Raahil Khan

    Read the article..He only praises the wickets in England and Australia for their result-oriented nature.

  • POSTED BY pradeepsanthosh on | August 7, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    "The day I reached Sri Lanka, I got swine flu" LOL !!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    yak yak yak , the pitch was flat, the match was stupid, nobody took wickets.Sri Lankanks: Murali has RETIRED , ACCEPT it, Indians are not writing about how many wickets would have gone down if Kumble, Bedi or Prasanna were playing. None of the bowlers got anything in that match, and I am sure that even the animal life in and around the stadium was out to sleep influenced by the dull vibes emanating from the SSC.And yes we did win the 3rd test on the only track that could be called "sporting".Afraid to lose at home eh ? Is that it ?

  • POSTED BY mahi79 on | August 7, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Dear Harbhajan,

    We all agree with your comments, but take care of your positions in the team. Ojha is doing well and without the services of Zaheer, Sree and you, We managed to win the test and levelled the series. This will give a big boost for the selectors. So, prepare well in the break and come fresh aganist Aust and show who are you to the world. No one should think, his place is granted. eg. Yuraj.

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | August 7, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Rahil khan, bhajji told that pitches in AUS & ENG produce results, he didnt say that IND has ideal pitches.

  • POSTED BY ben.pullan13 on | August 7, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    This is an article full of excuses from someone who has performed dismally over the past few years. Admittedly it was a dull pitch but Haarbhajan can't even take wickets on pitches condusive to spin. He needs to stop complaining and go back to the stuff he was bowling six or seven years ago and then he will start to take wickets again. At the moment Sri Lanka and India have some of the best batting orders in the world, but they both have terrible bowling attacks therefore matches between these two are always going to be bat dominated.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Just one question Harbhajan: How are the pitches in India?

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    What's funny is how blinded by 'national pride' people from the subcontinent are. Indians defend indian pitches, srilankans defend srilankan pitches etc etc. Most of the pitches in the subcontinent are either extremely batsman friendly or extremely spin friendly. Both are poor pitches yet most of the comments from fans seem to defend it saying our bowlers can bowl on them and urs can't. PATHETIC!!

    Simply put - A good pitch offers assistance for all facets of play, but sub continental curators are not smart enough to do them.

    p.s. do NOT confuse good pitches with result pitches. An extremely spin friendly pitch is a result pich but as I said is a poor pitch.

    Home advantage? pfft over the last 15 year only 2 decent (average) pace bowlers have emerged from both sri lanka and india - vaas and malinga (SL) srinath and kapil dev. All the other bowlers are hit and miss good one day and very poor for 4. Even zaheer for india is the same. All because both countries produce poor pitches.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    well if you can't take wickets don't blame the pitch. if muraly played in that ssc test we could have seen a result. srilanka is in theire right mind they didn't wanted a result to that ssc test.coz they didn't wanted take that risk to give india a chance to level the series.but they produced a gem of pitch in p sara.it's what cricket is about taking the home advantage.

  • POSTED BY Shash28 on | August 6, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    If you go back a few months... You'd see that Sri Lanka has the best record amongst Subcontinent Test pitches with regards to results... apart from the SSC, the I can only recall 1 other flat track (3rd Test of the SL v PAK series). India has more flat tracks than SL and the current strip at the P Sara has produced a very good contests. I suggest all the Indian fans calling for bans on SL Tests, should consider why India tend to lose more than draw on these 'flat tracks'

  • POSTED BY samvarma on | August 6, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    I agree to the below comments. Even if it was a spinner's paradise ,Harbhajan would have struggled. Harbhajan currently do not deserve a place in test side at the moment. He can just contain the opposition batting , he do not have the ability to run through the opposition. I have always felt Harbahajan is an arrogant,confident(over),over rated cricketer.Also surprised at Muralitharan's comment stating Bhajji as the only bowler who can break his record of 800 wickets.With this kind of attitude/ability even if Bhajji plays till the age of 60 years, he is not gonna break Murali's record.

  • POSTED BY klobania on | August 6, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    i think harbho needs to learn new tricks as modern day cricket is changing n u need to surprise the opponents as batsmen really learning quickly so lets lame excuses go with dhoni (who is going to do after 3rd test) n concentrate on ur bowling u have already entertained world with ur amusing acts now its high time to work on ur bowling else people might start calling u water man like wat they r calling to ur old friend yuvi

  • POSTED BY shamic on | August 6, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Every country plays to its advantage and the best thing Harbhajan could do is to stop complaining and plan more on his bowling,India made the best move by dropping him and playing Amit mishra,good bowlers dont complain but only bowl and make the ball do the talking,take Murali for example, he will bowl on any given wicket without complaining and he will get the wickets too.even Sri Lanka didnt have the bowlers that could have done anything special on the SSC pitch,without Murali and Malinga sri lankan went into this Test as underdogs to me.

  • POSTED BY jaideep84 on | August 6, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    harbhajan now should lead the spin attack..after the retirement of kumble..he has performed in the past..seems out of sorts in this series...it is reflecting in india's performance in this series..

  • POSTED BY thebrownie on | August 6, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    The pitch was terrible alright, but it is not as if he is picking up wickets by the buckets in better conditions. Ironical, but please learn how to bowl offspin from Swann. And Yuvraj, grow up. Sucess has really got to their heads.

  • POSTED BY yenjvoy1 on | August 6, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Shut up and take some wickets buddy. All i read is excuses excuses and more excuses.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Seriously, test cricket should be banned in SL. They are always so negative, and seems like all they want to do is to draw the test. They make 900 something runs, and then tailor made pitches for Murli with his 'unorthodox' action to harvest.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | August 6, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    ROFL!!!!

    Why is this guy even talking?!?!

    He is a below average bowler who gets most of his wickets at home plus, why were Mendis (4 wkts), Dilshan (3 wkts), and Randiv (2 wkts) the main wicket takers for SL whilst Mr. Singh only took a miserly 2 wickets (one in each innings).

    But the funniest thing is that people are saying he is "unfit", really? o.O

    I think Mishra is twenty times better then him and should be Ind's main spinner.

  • POSTED BY KEJ4ever on | August 6, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Harbhajan's clock is ticking this is the the beginging of the end... things have gone to his head in the recent past.

  • POSTED BY howizzat on | August 6, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Papey, by the way what is your contribution to the indian team after you have taken over the reigns from Anil Kumble? Count how many ODis and Tests you have won for India. Count how many 5-wkt hauls you had in the tests even on good pitches. I regret to say that you have completely failed in your role as the lead spinner and I also do not understand why the selectors and the captain are still stuck with you.

  • POSTED BY nahseez on | August 6, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    I think its time for Bhajji to realize that it has to be the bowler to take wickets and not the turning pitch. If Bhajji thinks that the pitch was hopeless then he is one of the best of all hopeless person, well if Sehwag can turn and take wickets in the same match where Bhajji went wicketless then my dear Bhajji go back to nets play some first class cricket, give up TV shows, Slapping, Ramping and give time to ur skill in the ground. Moving out on TV shows not gona help u to take wickets!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY orlurmsana on | August 6, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Totally agree with MB_SG. I think harbhajan can't stand the fact that a 23 years old ojha has bowled so well in this test match and brought india right back. I hope ojha is given extended run and bhajji made to sit on sidelines for remainder of his life.

  • POSTED BY sbkalgi on | August 6, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Anil Kumble and Murlidharan are planning to open spin bowling academy in Bangalore. Why don't Bhajji enrol himself there first..Infact Bhajji should be the first student enrolling in it....

  • POSTED BY MOHAMMAAD-HOTWAREZ on | August 6, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    i really think its not up to ground stuff to really have control over the pitch it is becoz of weather and the craze of batting especially in asia which leads to such kind of pitches being produced not only in srilanka but also in india,pakistan and bangladesh

  • POSTED BY McGorium on | August 6, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    @Swine_Tom: I can't recall a recent test series in India that was drawn, or had too many draws. India generally has result pitches, but tailored to the home side. i.e. turners. An exception is Ahmedabad, which I believe was slammed even by Indian players. India set the standard in pitches that crumble by day 4 especially when Kumble was in the side. Perhaps you need to learn the facts first instead of passing off opinion for fact.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    WHAT A BIG JOKE BY A BOWLER WHO IS TRAINED TO GET WICKETS ON SUCH WICKETS. MR. HARBHAJAN, I SUGGEST YOU FIRST INSPECT YOUR OWN PITCHES THEN FINGER POINT OTHERS. SHAME ON YOU. IN THE 2ND TEST OF THE RECENT SERIES AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA IN WHICH YOU HAD TAKEN 5 WICKET IN SECOND INNINGS, YOU THINKING THAT WAS THE SPORTING WICKET. MR. BHAJI FIRST LOOK AT YOUR OWN HOME THEN PROPAGATE AGAINST OTHERS LOL. IT WAS YOUR TRADITION TO MAKE DEAD WICKETS WHEN YYOU HAVE LOST THE FIRST TEST TO SQUARE UP THE SERIES BUT NOBODY ARGUING ABOUT THE INDIANS BECAUSE ICC CONTROLLED BY INDIANS.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Harbhajan singh other than infrequent spurt once in a way is a very poor bowler outside India....

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | August 6, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Harbhajan is a cunning person. Actually it is due to such pitches India produce many batsman with inflated records like Gavaskar,tendulkar etc whose personal records does not help indian team at all.Also they get huge fan followings.Harbhajan infact has most of the wickets o tailor made spin pitches as well.He talks of bowling experience.Infact the indian bowling was weakest in 2001 v/s Australia with little Test exposure, however Harbhajan used Tailor made spin wickets to take wickets than.

  • POSTED BY Mark00 on | August 6, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Pathetic. Blaming the pitch for his incompetence. Good bowlers have taken tons of wickets on that pitch.

    SSC has a lower percentage of drawn matches (32%) than Lords (38%), The Oval (46%), and Trent Bridge (39%), and Old Trafford, (46%).

  • POSTED BY rastapasta on | August 6, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Spot on comment. Administrators have to start looking at the pitches at some of the venues in the world if they want test cricket to survive. Yes we all want to see batsmen score runs but it must be under conditions that challenges their technique and will power to do well. If the lopsidedness of batting pitches continue, then records would be easily broken and the statistics would become meaningless.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    oh.... what about indian pitches???? do they have life for bowlers? harbhajan better to learn the art of bowling... look at murali.... he never ever complained about dead pitches....

  • POSTED BY Tiptop32 on | August 6, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Definitely life ban should be given to the curator for preparing a cement road instead of cricket pitch. We don't have see it as Indian or Sri Lankan. Just look at it as pure cricket lover. This type of pitches are taking test cricket to its slow death. I don't want to single out this pitch alone. Lot of matches in India/Srilanka/Pakistan in last 5 years ended in boring draw. So I strongly condemn the curators and the cricket boards whoever is responsible for preparing such a lifeless dead track for commercial compulsions. These board chiefs(especially Pawar) talk as if they are more concerned about test future but in reality they speed up the death of test cricket and do nothing. Having said all this I am an Indian myself.

  • POSTED BY bloodlegion on | August 6, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Nothing else than a cry baby........... what does Harbajhan averages outside India? more than 40. even in spin conditions like Pakistan his average is above 50. Just because he can't bowl it doesn't mean pitch is totally benign. He need to improve his bowling not his statements..

  • POSTED BY hattima on | August 6, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Please remind me the last three test matches played in India, not interrupted by rain, that you were sure would end up as a draw after the second day.

  • POSTED BY Itchy on | August 6, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    @Swine_Tom: quite agree, although SL have had some god-awful pitches for test matches in their time. Last paragraph is a laugh. Harbhajan respects someone? No evidence of that ever seen anywhere that I remember.

  • POSTED BY dr.achandra on | August 6, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    @Michael Perera : Dude... 3 games 3 results in england alright ... but look at the quality of bowling of England, Pakistan or even a depleted Aus... not even comparable by any means to the bowling strength of the present indian or srilankan team ! It is indeed surprising that Harbhajan Singh is talking about lifeless pitch, dont think it would have mattered much for him in any pitch, he would still struggle to take wickets with his monotonous bowling with no variations whatsoever ... Any off spinner who is afraid to flight the ball will never get wickets. Off-breaks that do not turn are called straighter ones, they are not Doosras, Mr. harbhajan. I am pretty sure that at present Ramesh Powar is a much better wicket taking bowler than Harbhajan Singh !

  • POSTED BY Al-Entity on | August 6, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    I wonder what Harbajan's opinion is on the Ahmadabad pitch that provided another boring draw in the last Ind Vs Srl series. Or the Karachchi pitch which again provied two 600+ scores in the last Pak vs Srl test. I guess he doesnt have much to say about the Galle pitch where he went wicketless while the great Murali got 8 wickets!

    But I do like Harbajan's response to that attention whore Bedi! LOL

  • POSTED BY BiSONN on | August 6, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    @ MB_SG: "Art of bowling" .. seriously? Harbhajan is a WORLD CLASS bowler. Look at his record, then talk about "art". Senseless post.

    Anyway, the pitch was bad but the bowling attacks of both the teams didn't help matters either, at all. And thank god the players of both the teams are saying they're bored playing against each other. This is seriously ridiculous. I cannot even imagine watching another IND-SL encounter after this series for some time now.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    A good bowler can take wickets on any pitch and under any condition...I am sure Sri Lanka wud have won that test had Murali and Malinga played....India don't have international class bowlers at the moment....Bhajji is vey much an overrated cricketer....has done nothing big after That Australia Series in 2001....If if that pitch was a turner Bhajji wud have met the same fate....

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    bhajji plz learn art of bowling dont blame pitches. ohk u said dat ssc is died pitch but what about galle where murli got 8 wickets and u got 0 . im wid MB_SG said. plz get out of indian team . i think selector must consider murli kartik again bcoz he is such gud job in english pitches where seamers consider more imp.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    How Pakistan could do with batting in Sri Lanka at the moment!

  • POSTED BY Tian31 on | August 6, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    I agree with Harbhajan. People everywhere are complaining that Test cricket is going dead. Sri Lanka is one of the biggets culprits in this regard. Over the last couple of years you get tests where the pitch is so dead that both teams' first innings only end on the fifth day like in the case of the second test here. That is not what people are paying to come and see. There pitches must provide something to everyone

  • POSTED BY Scopey123 on | August 6, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Well said Harbhajan, never thought i would agree with you. Pitches have favoured batsmen for years, and sub-continent pitches are terrible. Look at the averages of the Indian and Sri Lanka teams. It's a joke.

    It's not much better in the West Indies and Australia is almost following. The ICC really need to sort it out, Or the only good test cricket will be in England.

  • POSTED BY Fan84 on | August 6, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    i agree with u HARBHAJAN SINGN,, but what will you say for Australians who possess the NEVER GIVE UP ATTITUDE ' TOOK 7 WICKETS IN THE GAME THEY ALMOST lost,, learn from them,, they are our teachers first,, ok,,, they would have take 8 th wicket too,, OUR WATTO just missed to catch inspite of his beautiful dive

  • POSTED BY Fan84 on | August 6, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    i agree with u HARBHAJAN SINGN,,

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | August 6, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    @Swine_Tom,post 2000 india produced wickets which gave results,its only bcoz of whinning babies like u and others from australia or england that india is forced not to prepare a spinning track but aus or eng does'nt afraid to give fast and bouncy tracks to touring team,remember kanpur tests where test was finished inside three days and how everybody were blaming bcci..for the record in the last six series in india there were only 4 draws and 9 outright results..just like australia nd england r allowed to prepare pitch which suits their play let india d da same and see matches produce results..

  • POSTED BY Srikolith on | August 6, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    He is absolutely right. Hope curators of subcontinent will make pitches with more life!

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | August 6, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    LOOK at the English wickets just now where batting is a difficult job. A fifty is like getting 200 on indian SL wickets. These are two extremes. Indian and SL wickets have killed Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    he's blaming the pitch bcz he can't take wickets..he couldn't get a single wicket in the Galle test where Sri Lanka took 20 wickets and won the match...lame excuses

  • POSTED BY Nothing_Lost_For_Ever on | August 6, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    Learn the art of bowling then complain, sour grape

  • POSTED BY PureTom on | August 6, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Is it because he's outside India that Harbhajan feels safe complaining about such pitches? India sets the standard on preparing wickets that guarantee boring, run-glut, drawn tests. Pot calling the kettle....?

  • POSTED BY Icyman on | August 6, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    The pitch was definitely sad. It also had nothing in it for the bowlers, but the fact that Harbhajan has lashed out is quite surprising. Had this pitch been a spinner's paradise, Harbhajan would have failed to take any wickets. I think it is time for him to go back and play in the domestic arena before he can be termed as worthy of international cricket

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Well said, Bhajhi. He and I don't often agree with one another, but the groundsmen in Asia could do well to learn from Spirit of Cricket Series in England - three games, three results.

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  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Well said, Bhajhi. He and I don't often agree with one another, but the groundsmen in Asia could do well to learn from Spirit of Cricket Series in England - three games, three results.

  • POSTED BY Icyman on | August 6, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    The pitch was definitely sad. It also had nothing in it for the bowlers, but the fact that Harbhajan has lashed out is quite surprising. Had this pitch been a spinner's paradise, Harbhajan would have failed to take any wickets. I think it is time for him to go back and play in the domestic arena before he can be termed as worthy of international cricket

  • POSTED BY PureTom on | August 6, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Is it because he's outside India that Harbhajan feels safe complaining about such pitches? India sets the standard on preparing wickets that guarantee boring, run-glut, drawn tests. Pot calling the kettle....?

  • POSTED BY Nothing_Lost_For_Ever on | August 6, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    Learn the art of bowling then complain, sour grape

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    he's blaming the pitch bcz he can't take wickets..he couldn't get a single wicket in the Galle test where Sri Lanka took 20 wickets and won the match...lame excuses

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | August 6, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    LOOK at the English wickets just now where batting is a difficult job. A fifty is like getting 200 on indian SL wickets. These are two extremes. Indian and SL wickets have killed Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY Srikolith on | August 6, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    He is absolutely right. Hope curators of subcontinent will make pitches with more life!

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | August 6, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    @Swine_Tom,post 2000 india produced wickets which gave results,its only bcoz of whinning babies like u and others from australia or england that india is forced not to prepare a spinning track but aus or eng does'nt afraid to give fast and bouncy tracks to touring team,remember kanpur tests where test was finished inside three days and how everybody were blaming bcci..for the record in the last six series in india there were only 4 draws and 9 outright results..just like australia nd england r allowed to prepare pitch which suits their play let india d da same and see matches produce results..

  • POSTED BY Fan84 on | August 6, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    i agree with u HARBHAJAN SINGN,,

  • POSTED BY Fan84 on | August 6, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    i agree with u HARBHAJAN SINGN,, but what will you say for Australians who possess the NEVER GIVE UP ATTITUDE ' TOOK 7 WICKETS IN THE GAME THEY ALMOST lost,, learn from them,, they are our teachers first,, ok,,, they would have take 8 th wicket too,, OUR WATTO just missed to catch inspite of his beautiful dive