Timing plays a vital role in every aspect of life. Nobody understood it better than a senior Cricket Association of Bengal official on Friday morning when he went into the Indian dressing room to congratulate Rohit Sharma for his brilliant knock of 177.
However, the official was taken aback by Rohit’s reaction. Having just returned after being dismissed by Veerasammy Permaul, the batsman blasted the host association for preparing a ‘terrible’ wicket at the Eden Gardens.
After hitting a marvellous century on Test debut, Rohit was on the verge of hitting a double on Friday, before left-arm spinner Permaul dismissed him. And the CAB official thought that it was the perfect opportunity to go and have a chat with Rohit. But he was in for a surprise.
“I had gone into the dressing room to congratulate Rohit on the impressive knock that he played on Test debut. But he was really unhappy with the Eden wicket and called it miserable. I didn’t want to anger him further, so I walked out,” he told Mail Today.
It is no surprise that the wicket dished out by curator Prabir Mukherjee wasn’t the best Eden pitch as he himself had told Mail Today at the start of the Test match.
“This is the best that I could have done, thanks to the incessant rainfall that interrupted my preparations,” he had said.
About 10 days prior to the Test match, unseasonal rain caused by a depression flooded the city and while the covers were on, the square at the Eden wasn’t spared either.
But the reaction from Rohit after playing such a mature knock could have more to do with Mukherjee’s reaction when Rohit wanted to go and check the centre wicket two days ahead of the Test.
Mukherjee had categorically told Rohit that ICC rules say that only the skipper and coach can check the pitch on the eve of the match, so there was no reason for the batsman to be roaming around the square.
Things had in fact turned quite ugly as a senior CAB official had to come and sort out the matter.