After the first few IPL matches, the Kotla wicket appeared to have redeemed itself from the notoriety that came its way following the abandoned India-Sri Lanka match last December.
However, the wicket is in for some more criticism with Anil Kumble, the Bangalore Royal Challengers skipper, terming it ‘not ideal for Twenty20 cricket’.
“The toss is very crucial on such a track. I think 185 was too much for us to chase on this kind of wicket. It is not an ideal wicket for T20 cricket,” Kumble said after his team’s loss to the Daredevils by 37 runs.
Interestingly, in all the IPL games at the Kotla so far, only once the batting second has won.
The Chennai Super Kings chased down the Daredevils’ target of 185 on March 19.
The period of play during Sunday’s match where RCB’s Jacques Kallis and Kevin Pietersen struggled to get going suggested that the ball wasn’t coming onto the bat for stroke-play.
When asked about whether he had told his bowlers to hold back pace, the Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir said that the bowlers bowled according to the track. He admitted that it was a lucky toss to win and bat first.