Do your homework before asking for turners: Naik

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Mumbai, Nov 27: Wankhede curator and former India cricketer Sudhir Naik, on Tuesday said that Team India should have bowled quicker through the air, which would have helped them get wickets, like England spinners and insisted Dhoni's team to do their homework before doctoring pitches.

Naik, who has been taking care of the 22-yard Wankhede strip said that the pitch was designed in such a way that it assisted spinners from the first day of the Test match and heaped praise on England spinners for exploiting the conditions to the core.

Wankhede curator Naik blasts Dhoni

"England outplayed India in all three departments of the game," Naik said as a matter of fact.

Moreover, he also added that Mumbai has been one of England's favourite venues as they registered a win last time in 2006 as well.

"Mumbai has been a happy hunting ground for them; they won here in 2006 too," he recalled. That pitch, though, was nothing like this one. In that game, the ball had started turning only on Day Four. Here, you know what happened," Naik added.

When asked Naik, what went wrong for India, the 67-year old curator said "They did everything wrong. Barring (Cheteshwar) Pujara, none of our batsmen looked like scoring runs. Also, look at the way our spinners bowled.They should have bowled quicker through the air. That's what Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann did and that's the reason England won," Naik said.

Dhoni, having asked for another turner at Kolkata, Naik said Kolkata track would suit Indian spinners, as it doesn't have bounce in it, and spinners can bowl slower through the air.

"There is nothing wrong in asking for turners. But you must also prepare (for the match) accordingly," Naik was quoted as saying by DNA.

"The Kolkata pitch is not as bouncy as this one. Monty Panesar won't be as effective there. In Mumbai, we use red soil; in Kolkata, it's black soil. That's the kind of pitch our spinners prefer. They bowl slower through the air. India will go into the third Test knowing that the conditions will be to their liking. I wish them luck," he signed off.


Story first published:  Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 14:29 [IST]
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