Kolkata, Dec 8: The way Indian batsmen crumbled on Eden Gardens pitch during the third Test against England, one would like to ask captain MS Dhoni as to what kind of a surface he prefers for next Test?
India, with just 32 runs ahead on fourth day in Kolkata, have lost nine wickets. On the fifth and final day, England are all set to wrap up the game and take a 2-1 lead.
The pre-match talk in Kolkata surrounded the 22-yard strip. Veteran curator Prabir Mukherjee did not pay heed to Dhoni's call for a turner and produced his choice of wicket, which was a good one for batting.
Mukherjee openly slammed Dhoni for asking a turning pitch from day one. He shot back at him saying people come to watch Test cricket for five days, then why prepare a pitch which will see the match ending in three days.
However, India batsmen failed to make the most of the conditions in Kolkata. They faltered to 316 all out in first innings and crumbled in the second essay on the fourth day Saturday.
With England headed for victory at Eden Gardens and series lead of 2-1, Dhoni, selectors and even the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be sweating over the next Test in Nagpur.
The fourth and final Test will begin on December 13. Will Dhoni stick to his guns and order a turner again?
Dhoni and Team India find themselves in a peculiar situation. Will a request for turning track in Nagpur backfire like it did in Mumbai? Then you can't prepare a flat track where there are plenty of runs and match ends in a draw. A no result means England will take the series.
It will be interesting to listen to Dhoni at the end of the match in Kolkata. What will he order for Nagpur curator?