Nothing wrong in exploiting home conditions: Dhoni
Amid brouhaha over the Eden Gardens pitch, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said today there was nothing wrong in exploiting the home advantage by preparing spin-friendly tracks. India's number one Test tag at stakecricket Updated: Feb 13, 2010 17:39 IST
Amid brouhaha over the Eden Gardens pitch, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Saturday there was nothing wrong in exploiting the home advantage by preparing spin-friendly tracks.
A controversy erupted after India lost the first Test and BCCI reportedly sent an SOS to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for preparing a turning track for the second Test.
The CAB though said they have prepared a sporting track for the crucial game, the outcome of which will have a bearing on India's status as number team.
Dhoni is of the view that a turning pitch could also be called a sporting track as it gives both bowlers and batsmen equal chances to excel.
"I think a big emphasis is being given on the sporting wicket. Nowhere it's written that there should not be any grass for a sporting wicket or bounce for fast bowlers. Sporting wicket according to me is where you challenge the batsmen and at the same time there is something for the batters. I think when there is a turning track it is challenging," Dhoni said after a team practice.
The India skipper also said that every country has a unique element to exploit and for India it was spin.
"Every country specialises in something. When you go to South Africa you see bouncy and seam movement. You go New Zealand and you would see a lot of swing. And we are special because the ball turns and there is bounce for the spinners. Of course, skills are required to play spin," he said.