Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 09:13:06 AM
Uttar Pradesh coach Venkatesh Prasad termed Pune’s pitch as pathetic after his side and host Maharashtra shared a point each after their Group B Ranji Trophy match which ended in a dull draw at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Monday.
The coach said that the game which saw 1433 runs being scored over four days has no meaning and BCCI should penalise the associations for making such dead tracks. “This pitch was pathetic. This kind of pitches will just kill the game.
The reason I am saying this is because there were close to 1500 runs scored and still nobody could get the first innings lead. The first innings itself didn’t get completed. That shows the placidness of this pitch,” he said.
“It would be unfair for the batsmen who have batted and scored centuries on a sporting track as scoring is very easy on this track. A wicket like these would give false hopes to the batsman who is scoring runs here. A triple hundred on a track like these has no meaning,” Prasad fumed.
Unfair to other batsmen
“I don’t know what are we trying to gain after playing matches like these. Is it the first innings lead or the outright win. On pitches like these if it goes on to the 6th day, it would be unfortunate and unfair on the players.” “I think the people, who should be penalised are the [host] associations.
That’s something which they need to bring in. That’s when we can start preparing good tracks, no matter who you favour. That’s the only way, we will get pitches which has results,” he added.
Giving an example of Kedar Jadhav’s triple century, Prasad said such scores won’t do justice to any player. He said, “Individual scores like 300 here are putting pressure on those batsmen who are scoring big scores on challenging tracks.”
“He is going to lose his chance, that’s the whole point. Just imagine a player scoring a ton on a seaming or a turning track, this 300 on a flat track is going to overshadow it. But nobody knows the exact worth of a knock played in difficult situations.”
Non sporting host
Criticising Maharashtra players' sporting spirit, the former Indian medium pacer said, "I am really unhappy with the attitude of the [Maharashtra] side as well. They took their own sweet time to declare. If this is the mindset of the players, then I am sorry to say that they are not going to go anywhere from here."
In reply to Maharashtra's mammoth 764 for six declared, Uttar Pradesh made 669 for seven, still trailing by 105 runs when stumps were drawn on the fourth and final day. Piyush Chawla scored 156 with 18 boundaries and towering eight sixes in just 140 deliveries.
Maharashtra skipper Rohit Motwani defended the late declaration of his team’s inning but also hoped that they get better pitch to play on in future. “Looking at the wicket, we knew we had to score more runs to be on the safer side.
We came to bat on the third day so that it frustrates the opponent for fielding in the morning three days in a row. They came back very hard on us in scoring. It is a bit disappointing to score 700 plus run and get just one point.” “This wicket was one of the flattest in India.
Even after getting some early wickets, we knew it would not be easy to get wickets at regular intervals. We would definitely want a wicket which has a seven-pointer. We would like to have a result-oriented wicket in our next home matches,” he added.
Maharashtra 764 for six declared in 186 overs (Kedar Jadhav 327, Rohit Motwani 147 not out; Piyush Chawla 3/233) vs Uttar Pradesh: 669 for six in 169 overs (Tanmay Srivastava 179, Piyush Chawla 156, Mukul Dagar 126).