Eden curator slams Dhoni

Eden curator Prabir Mukherjee has reacted sharply to Dhoni’s wicket-wish

File photo: Dhoni with coach Duncan Fletcher at the Eden GardensCalcutta: Despite a 10-wicket drubbing at the hands of England, on a rank turner at the Wankhede, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni remains firm on his demand for a spinner-friendly track at the Eden, which will host the third Test of the series, from December 5.

But Eden curator Prabir Mukherjee has reacted sharply to Dhoni’s wicket-wish. “It’s most unethical if the India captain makes such statements in public... He’s passing such comments every now and then, which is really unfortunate,” Mukherjee said on Monday.

He went on to explain why the Eden wicket cannot be like the Wankhede, where the second Test got over in less than three-and-a-half days. “If you think logically, the two pitches — at the Eden and the Wankhede — can never be the same… First of all, red soil is used in Mumbai while it’s black soil here in Calcutta. Secondly, the climatic and weather conditions of the two places are not the same at all... So how can one expect wickets of two different cities to be the same?” the 83-year-old questioned.

Earlier in the day, Dhoni, speaking at the post-match media conference in Mumbai, had categorically mentioned about the kind of wicket he wants at the Eden.

“Of course, we want a similar track (to that of Wankhede) as that’s where our speciality is… What’s the point in playing on flat tracks, trying to win the toss and just bat for three or four days!"

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“You want to face challenges in Test cricket and these are the sort of wickets which push you towards that. So, definitely all the wickets should be similar,” he emphasised.

Importantly, Dhoni was very unhappy with the pitch at the Motera even though India had registered a comfortable nine-wicket victory there in the first Test.

“I don’t even want to see this wicket. There wasn’t enough turn and bounce for the spinners. But hopefully, in the coming matches, we’ll see the wicket turn right from the start, or as soon as possible, so that the toss doesn’t become vital,” Dhoni had said.

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