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Dhoni slams Eden pitch for lack of bounce and turn

Published: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 17:10 [IST]
 
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Dhoni criticizes Eden pitch again

Kolkata, Nov 17: The Eden Gardens track once again drew criticism from Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for being too flat without any turn and bounce as the home side struggled to bowl out West Indies in their second innings before coasting to a series-clinching victory on Thursday.

Opting to bat, India put up a mammoth 631 for seven declared and then bundled out the West Indies for just 153 in 48 overs to enforce a follow-on.

But, the wicket eased out midway into the second day's proceedings and the Indian bowlers had to sweat it out for four sessions before bowling out West Indies for 463 in their second innings in 126.3 overs on the penultimate day to win the Test by an innings and 15 runs.

Dhoni said the spinners did not get any turn or bounce as they persisted with tight line and length, giving occasional flights.

"I would like to see a wicket where it turns more and the spinners get the bounce on a consistent basis. Because that's what India is known for. Hopefully we will be able to get those kind of wickets," Dhoni said after the match.

He said there was something for the bowlers in the early morning session on day two but afterwards it became a batting paradise.

"It was not a wicket where you can get in and get the batsmen out. It was tough job for the bowlers. In the first session when West Indies were batting in the first innings there was a bit of moisture and the spinners got a bit of turn.

"But after that and half an hour before lunch it turned out to be a be a flat wicket and continued to be flat from that point of time," he said.

Dhoni had described Eden strip as "ugly-looking" when it hosted an ODI and a Twenty20 International against England on October 25 and 29 respectively. India had won the ODI but lost the Twenty20 International.

PTI

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