Indore, Dec 9: An Unknown person outside his cricketing circles Samundar Singh Chauhan, the curator of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) is the man behind the double ton's scored by Virender Sehwag on Thursday and Sachin Tendulkar's unbeaten double ton against South Africa.
The MPCA curator had prepared the pitch at Gwalior which witnessed Sachin Tendulkar's double ton and also the pitch at the Holkar stadium that saw a record breaking effort by virender Sehwag.
"It's going to be a batting track full of runs," Chauhan had predicted ahead of the fourth ODI. "I had started the pitch preparations on November 25 and watered and rolled it hard so that the ball comes on to the bat nicely."
When asked about the pitch, he replied, "I believe limited over games thrive on sixes and fours. At the end of the day, it's all about entertainment. Spectators enjoy boundaries and I ensure they get them by preparing such pitches.
“Like most Indian pitches, the central strip at Indore's Holkar stadium too has virtually no grass, thus offering little assistance for pace, bounce or lateral movement in the air. It is a pure batting track," he said.
A die-hard Tendulkar fan, Chauhan had this to say about the man of the moment. “Sehwag had a good look at the pitch in the morning. He is not known to be too bothered about the wicket and true to his style he didn't enquire about the surface and left within a few minutes."