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Slow pitches and loud complaints

After the shock loss against the Kings XI, CSK opener Faf du Plessis said one of the reasons for their loss was the slow track. Shalabh Manocha reports.

india Updated: May 01, 2012 23:34 IST
Shalabh Manocha

In almost all previous editions of the IPL, the sluggish Chidambaram Stadium pitch had been criticised by visiting teams. But this season, the floundering Chennai Super Kings too are also unhappy with what has been laid out.

After the shock loss against the Kings XI, CSK opener Faf du Plessis said one of the reasons for their loss was the slow track.

“It was pretty slow. Had it been a little better, the result could have been different.”

Earlier, CSK coach Stephen Fleming had said he was a little confused about the track and that it did take away the home advantage.

And Tuesday’s defeat against the Knight Riders, where the home team’s batsmen again struggled to get going, would have done nothing to improve the sentiment.

The CSK will remember what KKR’s Dutch batsman Ryan ten Doeschate said last year about the Chepauk track, calling it ‘the slowest in the country’.

The BCCI pitches committee chief, Venkat Sundaram, did not see merit in the complaints. “None of the wickets have been bad. CSK players are entitled to their opinion but I don’t want to take this discussion further,” he said.