Ferozeshah Kotla wicket not ideal for T20: Kumble
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Anil Kumble feels that Ferozeshah Kotla wicket was not ideal one for Twenty20 cricket and said toss always plays an important role in such cases.delhi Updated: Apr 05, 2010 02:06 IST
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Anil Kumble feels that Ferozeshah Kotla wicket was not ideal one for Twenty20 cricket and said toss always plays an important role in such cases.
"Toss is always crucial on this wicket. It plays a big role in deciding the match and so I feel, perhaps, it is not an ideal wicket for the Twenty20," Kumble told reporters after their 37-run defeat at the hands of Delhi Daredevils in New Delhi on Sunday.
His Daredevils counterpart Gautam Gambhir also agreed to Kumble that 180 plus was always a difficult chase on this wicket.
"It is always a difficult job to chase anything above 180 on this track. We have been lucky to score 180 plus in both the matches that we have played against them and also lucky to have won the toss on this track," he said.
Incidentally, Kumble loss the toss today as Gambhir opted to bat first in the Indian Premier League match.
Asked if he deliberately instructed his bowlers to take the pace off the ball, Gambhir said, "On such a track it is important to take the pace off the ball. In Mohali you can hit the deck hard but not here."
Meanwhile, Kumble felt that they conceded 20-25 runs extra which proved costly at the end.
"150-160 was gettable here but we gave away 20-25 runs extra. Chasing 185 was too much on this pitch," he said.
"We didn't play well and there are some areas where we have to concentrate and hopefully we will come good in the next matches," he added.
Asked why Manish Pandey was not played, Kumble said, "We had to play an additional spinner on this track and so we had to leave him out but we had Cameron White who is in great form."
Kumble said they have to make some changes in their batting order to make sure they don't falter during run-chase in the coming matches.
"We have not chased well in a few games and I feel these are the areas where we have to work. We have to relocate and reshuffle the order. Ross (Taylor) can't do the job always, may be we have to sent Rahul Dravid upfront," he said.