Mumbai, Nov 22: A day after Team India skipper MS Dhoni's comments on Motera pitch led to a heated debate, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also agreed to the demands and sent out a message to the curators to prepare the pitches according to the skipper's needs.
Waugh blasts Dhoni for demanding turning pitches
Dhoni had asked the curators to prepare pitches that turn from day one, after their nine-wicket win against England at Ahmedabad, which led to a heated debate as former Australian captain, Steve Waugh blasted the Indian skipper for demanding turning tracks, and urged him to learn to play in all conditions.
"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 on Tuesday.
"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, who has represented Austrlaia in 168 Tests.
"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.
Reacting to the same, former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsakar said the home team should get more advantage as he defended Dhoni's demand for turning pitches.
"It's up to the home team and they should get the advantage. They must play to their strength and he (Dhoni) feels that (Pragyan) Ojha and (Ravichandran) Ashwin are his strengths," Vengsarkar.
Interestingly, former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu also backed the Indian captain on Wednesday as he said the team cannot favour England and would like to take advantage of their vulnerability to spin.
"We are not here to give comfort to the English side. We would like to win this series. When we go to England, do they make tracks that offer turn? It is important for India to win this series," Sidhu said.
"Ask Steve Waugh whether the Indian team gets a turning track when we visit Perth?," asked Sidhu while reacting to Steve Waugh's comments.
Now, with BCCI agreeing to Dhoni's demands India will be getting more turning tracks in the coming days which will ensure good days for Indian spinners especially against England, as India have won the first Test, while the second Test will be played in Mumbai from Nov 23.