Kolkata: With the controversy over the pitch at the Eden Gardens finally drifting into the past, one would have hoped that the focus would finally shift.
But that was not to be as the pitch was once again in focus the ground when MS Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher took a close look at the match wicket. The India captain then shook his head and walked off.
England skipper Alastair Cook and head coach Andy Flower, meanwhile, walked away pleased, and later, pacer Steven Finn said he felt it was a very sporting wicket.
Chief curator Prabir Mukherjee has once again refused to accept Dhoni’s directive, saying that tampering with the pitch wasn’t his style.
“If he (Dhoni) asks for the moon, I can’t give him that. I feel tampering with the wicket is a crime and expecting a wicket similar to that in Mumbai is unfair,” he said.
But one thing needs to be taken note of — although Mukherjee has refused to provide a turner, the wicket wasn’t watered all day on Monday as it baked under a bright sun — an indication that the curator might finally relent and provide sufficient turn.
Also, there seems to be just enough grass on the wicket that is needed to bind it together. One wouldn’t be too surprised if that too is shaved off on match eve.