Champions League Twenty20 2009 October 20, 2009

Gambhir leads criticism of Delhi pitch

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Delhi Daredevils may not have been the subject of much conversation during the Champions League, thanks to their lacklustre performance, but the pitch at their home ground, the Feroz Shah Kotla, seems to have made up for it - and not in a nice way. With its low, uneven and unpredictable bounce and slow nature, the freshly laid Delhi wicket has been a talking point - and the subject of often harsh criticism from cricketers - from the first game it hosted where, ironically, Delhi failed to reach even three figures against Victoria.

The statistics are damning: Delhi has recorded the fewest sixes of the three venues, a little more than half those hit in Hyderabad; four scores below 100, one of which was the tournament's lowest total; and 40 % of all wickets falling in the "bowled" column, testifying to the difficulty in predicting the bounce.

More damning, though, are the words of Gambhir, Delhi's new captain and form batsman. His criticism began after the loss to Victoria, a match in which his middle stump was sent cart-wheeling by a shooter from Shane Harwood. "I don't know how bad a wicket it is, but it is not an ideal wicket for a Twenty20 game because you just don't have a chance to come back," he said then. Asked on Tuesday whether his opinion had changed through the tournament, one in which he and fellow big-hitters Virender Sehwag and Tillakaratne Dilshan were largely kept quiet, his reply was an emphatic, stinging no.

"It did affect [Delhi] because as batsmen you want to go out in a Twenty20 game and play your shots without any sort of doubts in your mind. You want to hit fours and sixes but that was not possible," Gambhir told Cricinfo. He said he would have loved to play on the sporting track at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. "Hyderabad has the best pitch but we never got an opportunity to play there," Gambhir said.

His views were echoed by Andrew Puttick, the Cobras captain, after his side was bowled out for 84 at the Kotla in the last game of the league stage on Monday, a defeat that allowed his team to play their semi-final in Hyderabad instead of Delhi. "These kinds of wickets will not make for a great spectacle because Twenty20 is all about fours and sixes. So I am pretty happy I'm playing in Hyderabad."

Not everyone supported Gambhir's view on the pitch though. Former Indian batsman, and now TV commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar said the Kotla pitch may not have been suited for the Twenty20 format but it wasn't "sub-standard" either. "It makes the games more closely fought and that can only be good for cricket as there is good contest between bat and ball," Manjrekar said.

So why is the pitch so dodgy? After the IPL was moved to South Africa, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) decided to overhaul the entire ground, and put in a fresh square in the middle. Daljit Singh, head of BCCI's ground and pitch committee, who overlooked the relaying of the Kotla pitch, said it was a "bold" but positive move on DDCA's part, as they were looking forward to a good pitch for the 2011 World Cup. Daljit admitted that even if it was not yet a finished product, the Kotla track was able to promote tight contests. "It is a two-month old wicket, it will take time to settle. It is not an ideal Twenty20 pitch," Daljit said. It was the first in India, he said with some pride, to have drainage around the square.

Daljit said players like New South Wales captain Simon Katich and Mahela Jayawardene of Wayamba had told him they enjoyed playing on the "challenging" Delhi pitch and had no major qualms. He added that the material used in preparing the new pitch was very good, as "not a single ball has taken any mud out with it which, for a new wicket, is fantastic. The wicket has not subsided anywhere."

Still, not everyone agreed with DDCA's timing of relaying the pitch. "The structure, format and the tournament is such that you want high scores, batsmen to succeed and the pitch should support them," Amrit Mathur, the Delhi Daredevils' chief operation officer, said. "You are depriving fans and supporters of the kind of cricket they expect to witness. To that extent the wicket could've been better."

Mathur's concern was that the batsmen had to place a premium on safety, something not good for the Twenty20 brand of cricket. However, the two Australian sides that clash in the semi-final in Delhi have not been losing any sleep over the tricky nature of the Kotla pitch. "It is not an ideal T20 pitch, but you need to adapt," Katich said. Stuart Clark, the NSW fast bowler, backed his captain. "The wicket is a bit slow and low and you might not get a total like 170-180. You have to adapt to the conditions and the wicket and try and execute your skills to the best of your ability."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Alex.T on October 22, 2009, 4:14 GMT

    I don't understand why Indian teams showing excuses about the pitch, There always played 2 teams but won one who deserve the victory. That's all. Shame for IPL teams, specially Ashis Nehra the unfit player has done the most damage after dropping the Tylor Catch against Bangalore.

  • kesavramesh on October 21, 2009, 19:29 GMT

    Ha Ha, Look at this kiddish fellow. On the same pitch today NSW has scored 169 and defended and bowled out the opposition for paltry 90. Catches and Bowlers win matches. IPL has screwed all the mind set of the Indian cricketers. Where is the bench strength and you see that foreign NO-named 20/20 fellows are playing good in Indian soil and these so-called delhites who own the pitch cannot play in their own court. Start accepting the fact that you fellows were below par and will be it for the next couple of years.

  • nikhilsg on October 21, 2009, 17:03 GMT

    go_bcci_go: come on!!! you can't be serious... how can you say the indian players were worse off because of the positions they played in??

    i don't know whether Gambhir volunteered those comments or responded to a question (if the latter, we shd probably let him off the hook; if the former, i am disappointed in him and the "cribber" comments are totally justified... i really admire his attitude/batting and this would make him really drop in the eyes of his fans)

    i for one am really happy none of the Indian teams made it to the semis: this shd be a wakeup call to Lalit Modi. Stop being a bully in world cricket... Stop milking the 20-20 format...

  • East_West on October 21, 2009, 16:41 GMT

    To GO_BCCI_GO: respect your comments, however it is BCCI's right to provide good [bouncy, seam-induced pitches] for our benefit. We have been putting lots of money into MRF pace foundation, and with billion+ people and billions of dollars, we just don't have a Mortaza [Bangla] or Aamir [Pakistan] or this new brand of sri lankan pace duo ! or even a Rankin [Ireland]. What is the point of crating a PACE foundation when we can't even create pitches that are relevant to PACE!!! Irfan can still do better than others, if this guy is persisted! We put him on the pedestal when he was delivering and dumped because he "is psychologically down", and then found Ishant and now he can't learn and adapt fast!! Sreesanth is also full of himself...the list goes on! What happened to Pankaj singh..Bose..and all these pace bowlers of INDIA!!!

  • manianpbs7 on October 21, 2009, 14:08 GMT

    It was a nice to see batsmen being tested as against bowlers being bashed. It just tested the batsmen's ability to adapt to the pitch & conditions even though the format is really short. A good amount of cricketing sense was warranted. Teams were beaten fair and square on the Delhi pitch as it behaved the same way in both the innings.

  • playeroftheweek on October 21, 2009, 11:55 GMT

    If Gambhir has failed to leave any impression in tournament, it is not the fault of pitch. T20 is a format where the condition of pitch or toss has minimal affect on the game. Gambhir is out of form since long, hence his failure in champion's league is not surprising. Most of the Indian teams in tournament were weak in comparison to teams of other clubs. The reason is that they were cohesive units unlike Indian clubs having players from all part of the world/India

    when Indian team went for T20 world cup, they played IPL and failed. Later these players played corporate cup before embarking for Campions trophy and again failed. At both occassion, team management claimed that Indian team is in better shape by playing these inconsequential tournaments, but returned back defeated. My worry is that Australians are here and are getting ready to play 7 match series. They are fresh from winning Champions trophy as well as series with england and Indians may found wanting

  • anilagrahari on October 21, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    Dear Gambhir you are giving statements like a kid. You have played your cricket in delhi and now you are complaining that other teams beat you becoz the pitch was not good. This is rubbish. An outsider have beaten you in your home you have to accept this. Other teams also played here against your team on the same ground and beat you. There are no excuses.

  • go_bcci_go on October 21, 2009, 11:22 GMT

    so saying that indian players are below par is just another case of stereotyping.

  • go_bcci_go on October 21, 2009, 11:19 GMT

    @zulash..

    if foreign players have won MOM for the matches won by ipl teams then it's because either they bat at crucial stages(mostly opening or 2 down) or bowl early. At these positions even a batsman of irfan pathan caliber can make runs .It's pity that in 'IPL' indian players are not allowed to showcase their talent.They either bat at death of the overs or bowl to contain players.If you can analyze then u ll find that indian bowlers are far more successful than foreign bowlers(like styen etc..).Given a chance,even lesser known indian (e.g manish pandey) can make a name for themselves.Only worrisome is their fielding standard.

  • zulash on October 21, 2009, 10:21 GMT

    We all need concur with East_West's comments. The results of the T20 World Cup as well the CLT clearly manifest the fact that Team India cannot succeed in this short format. It was mere beginner's luck that they managed to win the first edition of the T20 World Cup. Most of the Indian outfit in the IPL teams consists of low-caliber players and heavily relies on their four int'l players to win games…it's their performances that highly matters in any match, be it good batting pitches or slow ones. In the CLT - almost all the man-of the match awards were won by the int'l stars for the games won by the IPL team. In reality, its high time that the think thanks need to wake up and work towards rebuilding an all-round team by pooling in the right set of talented players that could consistently perform OR else just endlessly crib about every situation and still continue to make your bucks through endorsements. In the end failing to make it round 2 of major tournaments!!

  • Alex.T on October 22, 2009, 4:14 GMT

    I don't understand why Indian teams showing excuses about the pitch, There always played 2 teams but won one who deserve the victory. That's all. Shame for IPL teams, specially Ashis Nehra the unfit player has done the most damage after dropping the Tylor Catch against Bangalore.

  • kesavramesh on October 21, 2009, 19:29 GMT

    Ha Ha, Look at this kiddish fellow. On the same pitch today NSW has scored 169 and defended and bowled out the opposition for paltry 90. Catches and Bowlers win matches. IPL has screwed all the mind set of the Indian cricketers. Where is the bench strength and you see that foreign NO-named 20/20 fellows are playing good in Indian soil and these so-called delhites who own the pitch cannot play in their own court. Start accepting the fact that you fellows were below par and will be it for the next couple of years.

  • nikhilsg on October 21, 2009, 17:03 GMT

    go_bcci_go: come on!!! you can't be serious... how can you say the indian players were worse off because of the positions they played in??

    i don't know whether Gambhir volunteered those comments or responded to a question (if the latter, we shd probably let him off the hook; if the former, i am disappointed in him and the "cribber" comments are totally justified... i really admire his attitude/batting and this would make him really drop in the eyes of his fans)

    i for one am really happy none of the Indian teams made it to the semis: this shd be a wakeup call to Lalit Modi. Stop being a bully in world cricket... Stop milking the 20-20 format...

  • East_West on October 21, 2009, 16:41 GMT

    To GO_BCCI_GO: respect your comments, however it is BCCI's right to provide good [bouncy, seam-induced pitches] for our benefit. We have been putting lots of money into MRF pace foundation, and with billion+ people and billions of dollars, we just don't have a Mortaza [Bangla] or Aamir [Pakistan] or this new brand of sri lankan pace duo ! or even a Rankin [Ireland]. What is the point of crating a PACE foundation when we can't even create pitches that are relevant to PACE!!! Irfan can still do better than others, if this guy is persisted! We put him on the pedestal when he was delivering and dumped because he "is psychologically down", and then found Ishant and now he can't learn and adapt fast!! Sreesanth is also full of himself...the list goes on! What happened to Pankaj singh..Bose..and all these pace bowlers of INDIA!!!

  • manianpbs7 on October 21, 2009, 14:08 GMT

    It was a nice to see batsmen being tested as against bowlers being bashed. It just tested the batsmen's ability to adapt to the pitch & conditions even though the format is really short. A good amount of cricketing sense was warranted. Teams were beaten fair and square on the Delhi pitch as it behaved the same way in both the innings.

  • playeroftheweek on October 21, 2009, 11:55 GMT

    If Gambhir has failed to leave any impression in tournament, it is not the fault of pitch. T20 is a format where the condition of pitch or toss has minimal affect on the game. Gambhir is out of form since long, hence his failure in champion's league is not surprising. Most of the Indian teams in tournament were weak in comparison to teams of other clubs. The reason is that they were cohesive units unlike Indian clubs having players from all part of the world/India

    when Indian team went for T20 world cup, they played IPL and failed. Later these players played corporate cup before embarking for Campions trophy and again failed. At both occassion, team management claimed that Indian team is in better shape by playing these inconsequential tournaments, but returned back defeated. My worry is that Australians are here and are getting ready to play 7 match series. They are fresh from winning Champions trophy as well as series with england and Indians may found wanting

  • anilagrahari on October 21, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    Dear Gambhir you are giving statements like a kid. You have played your cricket in delhi and now you are complaining that other teams beat you becoz the pitch was not good. This is rubbish. An outsider have beaten you in your home you have to accept this. Other teams also played here against your team on the same ground and beat you. There are no excuses.

  • go_bcci_go on October 21, 2009, 11:22 GMT

    so saying that indian players are below par is just another case of stereotyping.

  • go_bcci_go on October 21, 2009, 11:19 GMT

    @zulash..

    if foreign players have won MOM for the matches won by ipl teams then it's because either they bat at crucial stages(mostly opening or 2 down) or bowl early. At these positions even a batsman of irfan pathan caliber can make runs .It's pity that in 'IPL' indian players are not allowed to showcase their talent.They either bat at death of the overs or bowl to contain players.If you can analyze then u ll find that indian bowlers are far more successful than foreign bowlers(like styen etc..).Given a chance,even lesser known indian (e.g manish pandey) can make a name for themselves.Only worrisome is their fielding standard.

  • zulash on October 21, 2009, 10:21 GMT

    We all need concur with East_West's comments. The results of the T20 World Cup as well the CLT clearly manifest the fact that Team India cannot succeed in this short format. It was mere beginner's luck that they managed to win the first edition of the T20 World Cup. Most of the Indian outfit in the IPL teams consists of low-caliber players and heavily relies on their four int'l players to win games…it's their performances that highly matters in any match, be it good batting pitches or slow ones. In the CLT - almost all the man-of the match awards were won by the int'l stars for the games won by the IPL team. In reality, its high time that the think thanks need to wake up and work towards rebuilding an all-round team by pooling in the right set of talented players that could consistently perform OR else just endlessly crib about every situation and still continue to make your bucks through endorsements. In the end failing to make it round 2 of major tournaments!!

  • Dubby49 on October 21, 2009, 9:59 GMT

    As longs the conditions remain approximately the same in both innings no one can complain. Both sides are equally affected. The worst pitch is one where the conditions from innings to innings (or day to night) change so much that it becomes a case of "Win the toss, win the match". Not much point in playing such a match unless the teams are so mismatched, that the better team will win irrespective of getting the worst of the conditions.

  • Nipun on October 21, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    The talk of an even contest between bat & ball is irrelevant here.Pitches on which fast bouncers come at 120 kph & rise marginally above batsman's knee don't please ANYONE.If you want to see bowlers dominating batsmen(which needs to be more frequently),prepare (green)pitches with a lot of bounce & pace.Spinners also enjoy bounce,& batsmen would like the pace,so there will be no problems.Snail-paced wickets with bounce as high as one's ankle don't please anyone,I repeat.

  • timepasschicha on October 21, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    Players especially batsmen and spectators these days are more happy and hence prefer watching the ball being spanked to all parts of the ground rather than a good contest between bat and ball and thats is the irony of the modern day cricket .Sanjay rightly pointed that kotla's pitch may not be the best entertainer but 'not a substandard one' as out of form Gambhir says taking this chance to evade some concerns about his form of late.Interestingly Sehwag played brilliantly on the same pitch with a decent average when he was the least expected guy to perform so well there.As everyone says Hyderabad wicket is superb for a good cricket game, the irony is that DeccanChargers have problems here.So its all about adapting to conditions , formulating and executing a strategy to emerge successful rather than blaming the conditions, which the Australians often do it so effectively.

  • D.V.C. on October 21, 2009, 7:49 GMT

    I quite enjoy the low scoring games. Actually, a difficult pitch is even more enjoyable in a T20 game.

  • Dr.Mohit on October 21, 2009, 7:29 GMT

    Ya, mostly we would like run fests in T20 but some pitches where the batsmen have to work hard are a pleasant change.. I don't quite understand what the fuss is, on Gambhir's part in having to adapt.. A slight remark from him would have been enough but this continuous criticism of the pitch will surely project him whining.. Delhi had a handsome win over Cape Cobras at Kotla, it was the dismal showing at Bangalore that dealt the death blow.. Somebody should make one of my favorite players - Gambir, read these comments and see that the Indian cricket fan has grown up a lot and so should he..

  • Quazar on October 21, 2009, 6:58 GMT

    Nobody likes whiners. And I don't think Gambhir was whining. He didn't attribute Delhi's losses to the pitch; he responded to questions about the suitability of the pitch (as did Puttick). And as a viewer, I was very disappointed with the type of cricket the pitch resulted in. I too appreciate battles between bat and ball, but not pitches with unpredictable bounce right from the outset! For me, Bangalore and Hyderabad produced far better, and more watchable, cricket. Besides being good for strokeplay, they offered something for spin and swing (B'lore) and good bounce and carry (H'bad). The right ingredients for a good cricket match.

  • anilk777 on October 21, 2009, 6:52 GMT

    Indian IPL teams can not compete until Indian domestic structure are better or at par with others like Australia or South africa. Its not the intenational or national players who win the matches i think other (domestic) players contribute more and affect the final outcome. I would love to see contest between bat and Bowl Regardless of the format. Occasional batsmen friendly pitches are okay for a change.We desperately need fast and confident bowlers and to happen that we need couple of good fast and bouncy tracks so that our bowler and batsmen can adept well when playing abroad. Come on MODI do something about it and invest some money in preparing such tracks And please do not overdose indians with T20 no one watching these matches instead waiting for one Day Series against Australia.

  • mayurbaruah on October 21, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    The pitch criticism is going to affect the India-Australia match too if played on the same uneven pitch....oh gosh!! Ricky Ponting would go on record criticizing it till the end of the series and even in Australia in front of the Australian press too !! DDCA look out for the future plzzz !!

  • ramkip on October 21, 2009, 5:23 GMT

    Grow up Gambhir. The pitch wasn't that unplayable. Infact Viru showed even 150+ scores can be made on this. Apply yourself rather than cribbing. The pitch was always 120+ and not 100- pitch. If you can't bat, get back to basics before the Aus tour

  • East_West on October 21, 2009, 4:37 GMT

    This T20 results clearly suggest that players from INDIA are not good for this short game, and it is a fluke that India won the T20 and am sure WE will not win this again! Furthermore, not even a single IPL team played in this league reached semi-final. ICL has showed us the way and IPL didn't get it yet! That is, after playing the regular ICL games, it was worth watching to see how teams were assembled as a nation [Lahore Badshas, Indian team [forgot it's name]; Sri Lankan team and Bangla team] and played some superb games! Kapil you are my hero, irrespective of what this egomaniac MODI does with IPL and this league! We are never going to win a T20 with such a high quality pool of players we have! Learn from these clubs!! BTW..BCCI if we don't want to be known as flat track bullies, then prepare pitches to suit fast pace and with all this money, we can't even have a set of fast bowlers in stock! When is India going to have a genuine pace bowler??? Dream On!

  • rohanbala on October 21, 2009, 2:08 GMT

    "So I am pretty happy I'm playing in Hyderabad.".... These words by the Cape Cobras Team captain Andrew Puttick sums up the reason why they lost to Delhi Dare Devils... It would be better if a draw is held among the four semi finalists to ascertain which teams meet at the two venues, in future.

  • peeeeet on October 21, 2009, 0:50 GMT

    Seriously, batsmen these days are just whingers. A pitch where they actually have to work to score runs comes along and all of a sudden its unsuitable. Its not like the batsmen were in danger...they have enough protective gear, and the balls were only keeping low not shooting up at their necks. Get over it! Batsmen of real class adapt, just like what Katich and Jayawardene said. Again, just get over it!

  • ashok16 on October 21, 2009, 0:39 GMT

    Gambhir is whining. What has been exposed amongst the IPL teams is that the non-national team Indian players are merely add-ons without any value. Besides the 4 international and the 2-3 national players, each team has 4-5 players who are fluff. Maybe Amrit Mathur should worry about that instead of trotting out ready excuses. Fans care about their home teams winning and not about them scoring 4s and 6s.

  • bobagorof on October 20, 2009, 23:15 GMT

    I haven't seen any of the matches, I have only followed them on Cricinfo - but I have been refreshingly surprised at a few of the low scores. Constantly seeing scores of 170-180 is boring, as it just becomes a slugfest. I maintain that the excitement of sixes is that they're rare, and Twenty20 will do itself a disservice if the pitches are too good and sixes become commonplace. I think it's nice to have the occasional pitch that offers some assistance to the bowlers, even in Twenty20. Why is it always the batsmen who complain when they don't get everything their own way?

  • Arijit_in_TO on October 20, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    For once I am agreeing with Sanjay Manjrekar --this is a first! What is wrong with a contest between bat and ball? I wonder how many of today's T20 batsmen would have fared in the era of uncovered wickets? Not very well, I reckon. They just want to go out there, have a good slog and reap fat paycheques thanks to inflated stats. They have it too easy. Please stop the whining and work for your runs.

  • Idli_Dosa on October 20, 2009, 19:37 GMT

    Come on, stop cribbing because you lost. Everybody got the same conditions. Learn to deal with it.

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  • Idli_Dosa on October 20, 2009, 19:37 GMT

    Come on, stop cribbing because you lost. Everybody got the same conditions. Learn to deal with it.

  • Arijit_in_TO on October 20, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    For once I am agreeing with Sanjay Manjrekar --this is a first! What is wrong with a contest between bat and ball? I wonder how many of today's T20 batsmen would have fared in the era of uncovered wickets? Not very well, I reckon. They just want to go out there, have a good slog and reap fat paycheques thanks to inflated stats. They have it too easy. Please stop the whining and work for your runs.

  • bobagorof on October 20, 2009, 23:15 GMT

    I haven't seen any of the matches, I have only followed them on Cricinfo - but I have been refreshingly surprised at a few of the low scores. Constantly seeing scores of 170-180 is boring, as it just becomes a slugfest. I maintain that the excitement of sixes is that they're rare, and Twenty20 will do itself a disservice if the pitches are too good and sixes become commonplace. I think it's nice to have the occasional pitch that offers some assistance to the bowlers, even in Twenty20. Why is it always the batsmen who complain when they don't get everything their own way?

  • ashok16 on October 21, 2009, 0:39 GMT

    Gambhir is whining. What has been exposed amongst the IPL teams is that the non-national team Indian players are merely add-ons without any value. Besides the 4 international and the 2-3 national players, each team has 4-5 players who are fluff. Maybe Amrit Mathur should worry about that instead of trotting out ready excuses. Fans care about their home teams winning and not about them scoring 4s and 6s.

  • peeeeet on October 21, 2009, 0:50 GMT

    Seriously, batsmen these days are just whingers. A pitch where they actually have to work to score runs comes along and all of a sudden its unsuitable. Its not like the batsmen were in danger...they have enough protective gear, and the balls were only keeping low not shooting up at their necks. Get over it! Batsmen of real class adapt, just like what Katich and Jayawardene said. Again, just get over it!

  • rohanbala on October 21, 2009, 2:08 GMT

    "So I am pretty happy I'm playing in Hyderabad.".... These words by the Cape Cobras Team captain Andrew Puttick sums up the reason why they lost to Delhi Dare Devils... It would be better if a draw is held among the four semi finalists to ascertain which teams meet at the two venues, in future.

  • East_West on October 21, 2009, 4:37 GMT

    This T20 results clearly suggest that players from INDIA are not good for this short game, and it is a fluke that India won the T20 and am sure WE will not win this again! Furthermore, not even a single IPL team played in this league reached semi-final. ICL has showed us the way and IPL didn't get it yet! That is, after playing the regular ICL games, it was worth watching to see how teams were assembled as a nation [Lahore Badshas, Indian team [forgot it's name]; Sri Lankan team and Bangla team] and played some superb games! Kapil you are my hero, irrespective of what this egomaniac MODI does with IPL and this league! We are never going to win a T20 with such a high quality pool of players we have! Learn from these clubs!! BTW..BCCI if we don't want to be known as flat track bullies, then prepare pitches to suit fast pace and with all this money, we can't even have a set of fast bowlers in stock! When is India going to have a genuine pace bowler??? Dream On!

  • ramkip on October 21, 2009, 5:23 GMT

    Grow up Gambhir. The pitch wasn't that unplayable. Infact Viru showed even 150+ scores can be made on this. Apply yourself rather than cribbing. The pitch was always 120+ and not 100- pitch. If you can't bat, get back to basics before the Aus tour

  • mayurbaruah on October 21, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    The pitch criticism is going to affect the India-Australia match too if played on the same uneven pitch....oh gosh!! Ricky Ponting would go on record criticizing it till the end of the series and even in Australia in front of the Australian press too !! DDCA look out for the future plzzz !!

  • anilk777 on October 21, 2009, 6:52 GMT

    Indian IPL teams can not compete until Indian domestic structure are better or at par with others like Australia or South africa. Its not the intenational or national players who win the matches i think other (domestic) players contribute more and affect the final outcome. I would love to see contest between bat and Bowl Regardless of the format. Occasional batsmen friendly pitches are okay for a change.We desperately need fast and confident bowlers and to happen that we need couple of good fast and bouncy tracks so that our bowler and batsmen can adept well when playing abroad. Come on MODI do something about it and invest some money in preparing such tracks And please do not overdose indians with T20 no one watching these matches instead waiting for one Day Series against Australia.