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“I have prepared pitches for over 300 matches and have come across such a thing for the first time"

By Sahil Mehan -


First day of 3rd Quarter-Final match between Gujarat and Odisha was filled a lot of drama at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, as Gujarat batsmen struggled against Odisha bowlers and Gujarat was in all sort of trouble as they were 9-2 and after 17 overs, Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel found wicket unsuitable and complained to the match officials,

The complaint was taken seriously and match was stopped for a while, however, Pitch Curators at SMS, Jaipur were not happy with the complaints made and termed them bogus. Taposh Chatterjee, pitch curator, believes that there was nothing wrong with the pitch, as he said, "It was only after 17 overs a ball from short of good length rose to sit on the arm of the batsman. It’s a normal course. A pitch can never be judged after so many overs,” 

"How come after 102 balls you say the pitch is wet. There can be some moisture because of which one or two odd balls must have come up but that isn’t a criterion to halt the game. Even then the umpires stopped the play because of the inju-ry but it resumed after 15 minutes and after that match went off well.”

Asking tough questions to match officials, Chatterjee said, "It’s a four day game and little bit of moisture will be there on a sport-ing wicket and moisture decides what the team will choose to do after winning the toss. Why didn’t they judge the pitch at the start of the game, why after 17 overs?” he added.

Calling over reactions from both Match officials and Gujarat skipper Chatterjee concluded “I have pre-pared pitches for over 300 matches and have come across such a thing for the first time. Certainly it was an over-reaction,”

Sahil Mehan

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