Posted On Monday, November 12, 2012 at 08:58:49 AM
The Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium wicket which saw 1051 runs scored in just three days, in the Ranji Trophy match between Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, will be inspected by Chairman of BCCI's pitches and grounds committee Daljit Singh.
|UP opener Tanmay Shrivastava hits a cover drive during his
knock of 134 not out
Singh said that the 22-yard strip at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune, needs to be monitored after Maharashtra scored a whopping 738/5 in the first two days of the Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh.
“I am a little worried about the Pune strip that has produced 700-plus scores. We need to have a proper look at the pitch,” Chief curator Daljit Singh told agencies.
UP coach Venketash Prasad also had expressed his dissatisfaction over the wicket and said if this is how the wickets would be made it won’t be good for the game. “Two days have gone and there is still no movement in the wicket.
So far, it seems that the pitch has nothing to offer for the bowlers,” Prasad had said on Saturday after the second day's play. UP skipper Suresh Raina seconded his coach. “There is no bounce, no pace and no spin either.
There is literally nothing in it for the bowlers. They work so hard on their game, there has to be something in it for them. Like some players are trying their best to pick a lot of wickets, in order to make a comeback into the Indian team.
But they can’t do anything about it, when you have such wickets to bowl on,” Raina said after the match. In reply to the criticisms, curator Pandurang Salgaonkar defended the wicket and said there is nothing wrong with it.
“It is a very good wicket which has some grass on it and also has a good binding strength. A lot depends on the bowlers’ quality and there is no point blaming the pitch for not getting wickets. The ball is carrying well, so all the bowlers had to do is bowl a good line and length.”
Up batsmen make a strong reply
After Maharashtra declared their innings at 764 runs, adding 26 runs to the day two score, it was Uttar Pradesh’s turn to consolidate the fact that the Pune wicket is docile and has got nothing for the bowlers.
UP were 287 for the loss of one wicket at stumps, after the third day’s play on Sunday. Openers Mukul Dagar and Tanmay Shrivastava scored a century each. Dagar was out for 126, after he tried to loft Kedar Jadhav over long-off but found Domnic Muthuswami.
Shrivastava is unbeaten on 134 and is joined by veteran Mohammad Kaif not out on 23. "We fielded for two days, so I knew we'll get to play long innings too. Now after the end of the third day, I feel the match might go without result," Dagar said after the match.
Earlier in the day, Maharashtra played nine overs before putting in the visitors to bat. Maharashtra skipper Rohit Motwani failed to build up his innings and could add just two runs to his day two score getting out on 147.
Rohit Motwani said the scoreboard should have read different as far as wickets were concerned. "There were a couple of close calls which should have been in our favor. It’s a human error so we really can't be complaining about it.
There's a little wear and tear at the wicket. Let's just hope we take advantage of foot marks. We have another day, so let's see how it goes on Monday."
Maharashtra 764 for six declared in 186 overs (Kedar Jadhav 327, Rohit Motwani 147; Piyush Chawla 3/233) vs Uttar Pradesh: 287 for one in 79 overs (Tanmay Srivastava 134 not out, Mukul Dagar 126).