Lack of application saw wickets heap up in Duleep

Published: Sunday, November 13, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Motera:Former Indian cricketing great and the present coach of West Zone Balwinder Singh Sandhu today criticised the "lack of application" shown by batsmen after a total of 15 wickets tumbled on a batsmen-friendly track at Motera stadium in the Duleep trophy finals between West Zone and East Zone.

West Zone which dismissed Saurav Ganguly led East Zone for a paltry score of 150 in the first innings could not capitalise on the initiative provided to them by their bowlersand fell in a heap to finish the first day's play at 61 for five.

Emerging out of the player's room after the end of the day today, an upset looking Sandhu told mediapersons, "there is nothing wrong with the track. It is a good batting pitch and if they cannot bat here then the only place they can bat on is on concerete pitches."

"It is a 300-plus wicket. Batsmen on both sides have shown lack of application," Sandhu said adding, that the batting display was "pathetic" on the first-day of the final encounter for the Duleep Trophy.

Six of the East Zone batsmen including skipper Saurav Ganguly were out for zero, while three of the West Zone batsmen failed to get into double figures.

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