MS Dhoni comments over Bangalore pitch leaves curators fuming

MS Dhoni said one definite area where we would like ourselves is playing on tracks that turn Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Bengaluru: Sep 5, 2012

MS Dhoni, who guided India to a 2-0 series whitewash over New Zealand, expressed his displeasure over the Bangalore wicket saying that it didn t help the spinners much.

“One definite area where we would like ourselves is playing on tracks that turn. That’s something we didn’t get in the series,” Dhoni said.

By saying this, he seems to set an agenda for the biggest contests that lie ahead, against England and Australia, and the kind of wickets he would like to pin down the rivals. After all, India were thumped 0-4 by both sides on seamer-friendly tracks.

However, Dhoni’s comments have left the curators unhappy.

“The wicket, especially the one in Bangalore, was praised by everyone. Dhoni is probably asking for a rank turner, and we can’t give it,” said a senior curator.

“The ICC will dock us, the match referee or the opposition team will send a note to ICC. You know what happened in Delhi (in last year’s Test against West Indies). I think Dhoni should be happy they beat New Zealand in four days.”

Dhoni clearly wants to make it really tough for the opponent. Even Gautam Gambhir had pitched in for a tit-for-tat policy.

“They didn’t give bad wickets in Australia or England. It was the failure of our batting. Some like the one in Sydney were completely flat and had very little for the bowlers,” The curator was quoted saying by Hindustan Times.

Former India all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar backed Dhoni over his demand.

“He is a shrewd captain. He knows his strength, which is spin, so, why not? He is justified in asking for such tracks.”