Relaid pitch will make 3rd Test 'interesting'

Written by: D Ram Raj
Published: Saturday, December 15, 2001, 19:39 [IST]
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Bangalore: The Test bandwagon rolls over to the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore for the third and final Test of the India-England series. While predictable pitches were the order of the day at Mohali and Ahemdabad, both the teams could be confounded with the strip for the third Test.

The wicket has been relaid and the third Test will be the first match to be played on the new turf. Karnataka State Cricket Association secretary Brijesh Patel was non- committal on the status of the relaid wicket and just said it would be "interesting" in an exclusive interview with Thatscricket.com. Excerpts

Will the Bangalore Test be the first game on the relaid pitch?

Yes, we have a relaid pitch and this is going to be the first game.

How do you expect the pitch to behave?

Interesting (laughs).

Do you think there will be a sustained crowd interest in the third Test of the series?

Definitely yes, especially with India winning matches at home, crowds will surely come. Irrespective of what the series result is at the end of the second Test, we expect good crowd support.

What ails the Indian team, which doesn't seem to gel as a unit despite having world-class players?

I feel we need to be more consistent in our selection policy. That has been one of our problems. When a youngster is taken, he must be given some chance. Just like Deep Dasgupta, the guys had just written him off. They sent Sameer Dighe, he (Dasgupta) has clicked now.

Whereas take the case of Harvinder Singh, they took him and then dropped him. He has to be given a proper chance. Three new players have been brought in and they should be given a chance. No point in just taking players and dropping them.

The Board should look at building a bigger pool of players and keep rotating because so much of cricket is going to be played. The boys need to be fresh and unless they get proper rest, they'll not perform. If they don't get the needed rest, they may perform once in three games. The Indian Board and the selectors need to take a look at this aspect.

Has the electronic tool e-cricket pro been of any use to the players?

It is very, very useful and the players are using it.

Do you think, we need a foreign coach?

John (Wright) has done a good job. You can't get results immediately. The thinking has to change and it takes time. John has done a much better job than what Anshuman (Gaekwad) has done. Anshuman Gaekwad took Indian cricket five years behind. To bring it back to some level takes time.


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