Waugh blasts Dhoni for demanding turning pitches

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Updated: Thursday, November 22, 2012, 10:45 [IST]
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Ahmedabad, Nov 21: Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh on Tuesday criticised Team India skipper MS Dhoni's comments on the pitch and said that it sounded negative and any skipper should not bother about the pitch offered to play.

'Dhoni's comments negative to the game'

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Having won the first Test match against England in Ahmedabad by 9 wickets, Dhoni said there wasn't enough turn and bounce in the wicket and would not wish to see the pitch again, on Tuesday which did not go well with the former Aussie captain.

"I don't even want to see this wicket. There wasn't enough turn and bounce for the spinners. Hopefully in the coming matches we'll see the wicket turn, right from start, or as soon as possible so that the toss doesn't become vital," Dhoni said after the nine-wicket win over England on Tuesday.

Dhoni had also said that the pitch became slower as the game progressed and fast bowlers did not get assistance from the pitch. He also added that if the pitch doesn't offer turn and bounce, toss becomes very crucial and he did not want toss to play a major role while two good sides were competing.

"We wanted the curators to prepare the pitches that will turn from day one," said Dhoni after his team's win against England in Ahmedabad.

Reacting to these comments, Steve Waugh said lamenting on the pitch gives a different opinion, and according to him, Dhoni's comments were really negative to the game.

"Dhoni's comments this morning (Tuesday) were really negative to the game, when he said Indian curators to doctor the pitches, which I can't understand," Waugh said during the India-Australia Innovative Forum here.

"You want to be aggressive and be the best in the world, you got to take all the conditions and not always ask for the conditions that suits your style of play. I was a bit surprised with that. I think if you are looking to be the best in the world you got to learn to play in all conditions," said Waugh on Tuesday.

Waugh, having represented Australia in 168 Tests felt a skipper should not be worried about the pitch.

"I captained the side for 57 games and never once had a word with the curator about what sort of pitch we are going to play," Waugh said.

Steve Waugh also felt that Team India were the favourites against England, especially because they are playing at home as youngsters have been performing very well.

"India are a strong side, always hard to beat in India and some of the young players are coming through, which is great sign for Indian cricket. (Cheteshwar) Pujara getting a double century, Virat Kohli, (Pragyan) Ojha taking wickets, it is great for Indian cricket.

"You got to have to turn out of this, no players are bigger than the game, someone will always step up. Sometimes you get too carried away that experienced players are irreplaceable but the natural thing will happen, someone will step up to play and take that role. India will will win this series, I think they will win it 3-0 because the pitches will suit their team," the former Aussie captain said.


Story first published:  Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 11:00 [IST]
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