<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="MS Dhoni wrong to ask for tailor-made pitches, says Nari Contractor" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121127082118.jpg" title="MS Dhoni wrong to ask for tailor-made pitches, says Nari Contractor" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> MS Dhoni sparked a controversy after having a tiff with the veteran curator of Eden Gardens, Prabir Mukherjee following Dhoni's demand for rank turners at Kolkata PTI</p> </div> <strong>Kolkata: Dec 3, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Nari-Contractor/post" target="_blank">Nari Contractor</a>, who led India to its first cricket Test series win against England over half-a-century ago, disapproved skipper <a href="/tags/MS-Dhoni/post" target="_blank">Mahendra Singh Dhoni</a>'s continued insistence on a rank turner from Day 1 of the home matches recently.<br /> <br /> The 78-year-old, whose international career was abruptly cut short by an on-field skull injury, said such instructions were never given by captains during his playing days.<br /> <br /> "During our days, we hoped the wicket would turn. But we never instructed the curator to prepare a particular type of wicket. This is all I will say on this," Contractor told IANS.<br /> <br /> Dhoni's demand for dust bowls has led to a controversy with the Cricket Association of Bengal (<a href="/tags/CAB/post" target="_blank">CAB</a>) curator <a href="/tags/Prabir-Mukherjee/post" target="_blank">Prabir Mukherjee</a> calling it "immoral and illogical" and at one point threatening to quit his job of preparing the <a href="/tags/Eden-Gardens/post" target="_blank">Eden Gardens</a> track at Kolkata for the Dec 5-9 India-England Test. However, later on CAB president <a href="/tags/Jagmohan-Dalmiya/post" target="_blank">Jagmohan Dalmiya</a> persuaded him to continue.<br /> <br /> In the second Test of the series at Mumbai's <a href="/tags/Wankhede-Stadium/post" target="_blank">Wankhede Stadium</a>, the Indians were given a turner but the home team failed to come good on it. In contrast, the English slow bowlers excelled, resulting in a thumping 10-wicket triumph for the visitors.<br /> <br /> "We could never even think of making such demands," said Contractor.<br /> <br /> The 78-year-old Contractor and former England skipper <a href="/tags/Ted-Dexter/post" target="_blank">Ted Dexter</a>, the oldest surviving former captains of their sides, have been invited by the CAB as part of its commemoration of 80 years of India as a Test playing nation and India-England Test cricket history.<br /> <br /> The duo will be felicitated at the Eden Gardens here Dec 4, before being taken round the park in golf carts on the opening day of the coming Test match.<br /> <br /> England had hosted India in 1932 after the, then, British colony got Test status. The <a href="/tags/Douglas-Jardine/post" target="_blank">Douglas Jardine</a>-led English team paid the return visit in 1933-34.<br /> <br /> "I have lot of pleasant memories of Eden Gardens. Though the structure was very old, Eden was one of the best grounds in the world then. And I think it is still now, despite the reduction in the spectator capacity," said the former left-hand bat who played half a dozen Test matches at the Eden between 1955 and 1962.<br /> <br /> He fondly remembered the 187-run win over England here under his captaincy in the fourth Test of the 1961-62 series. Incidentally, Dexter led the Englishmen.<br /> <br /> "This is history. So many years have passed. But I still remember every minute of it. It was a great match. Our spinners (<a href="/tags/Salim-Durrani/post" target="_blank">Salim Durrani</a> and <a href="/tags/Chandu-Borde/post" target="_blank">Chandu Borde</a>) bowled well. And we went on to win the next Test also in Chennai. That was our first ever series win against England," Contractor said.<br /> <br /> Contractor, whose highest at the Eden is 61, said he has no regret for failing to get a hundred on the iconic ground.<br /> <br /> "In cricket, you don't brood over your personal failures. You rejoice at the team's successes. Whether you contribute to your team that only matters."<br /> <br /> Referring to the 61 he scored on the ground in 1955 in the fourth Test against the visiting New Zealand side, contractor said: "It was scored in difficult circumstances. We had fallen over 200 (204) runs short after the first innings and needed to save the match."<br /> <br /> Contractor had made his debut in the second match of the same series.<br /> <br /> Only two months after the Eden win over Dexter's side, Contractor had a near-fatal head injury negotiating a Charlie Griffith delivery in a colony game against Barbados in the West Indies.<br /> <br /> Unconscious for six days, that was the last time he played for India.