Dhoni wants another spin track in Kolkata

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 15:58 [IST]
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Mumbai Nov 26: India were sent spinning to defeat on a turning track in Mumbai on Monday, but captain MS Dhoni still wants a similar kind of 22-yard strip for the next Test in Kolkata's Eden Gardens.

Dhoni's demand was met with a pitch which suited the spinners in Mumbai. But England slow bowlers excelled more than the Indians to wrap up an easy 10-wicket triumph and levelled the four-match series 1-1.Monty Panesar took 11 wickets in the match while Graeme Swann had seven. 19 wickets were shared by the duo.

Dhoni wants another spin track

Speaking after a humiliating loss, Dhoni maintained that he would stick to his demands of seeking turners.

"Of course, we want a similar track as that's where our specialty is. What's the point playing on flat tracks and trying to win the toss and just batting for 3 or 4 days," Dhoni said after the loss.

The third Test is in Kolkata's Eden Gardens from December 5.

Dhoni said he wanted to face challenges while playing on such kind of wickets.

"You want to face challenges in Test cricket and these are the sort of wickets that push you towards that, so definitely all the wickets should be like that.

"I would like a typical sub-continental wicket, which should turn from the first day as I have been saying, so that there is no importance of toss and whichever team plays better cricket wins the game," he added.

The skipper was disappointed with the loss but said on such pitches, a side has to play well to win.

"You feel a bit disappointed (at losing) but the good thing about these wickets is no side is guaranteed to win and have to play well to win. That's why I call for a track that starts to turn early," he said.


Story first published:  Monday, November 26, 2012, 14:20 [IST]
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