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Dravid, Chappell happy with Kotla pitch

The pitch curator said that both Chappell and Dravid asked for bouncy wickets.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2005 18:08 IST
United News of India
United News of India

Soon after arriving in the city after the rain-marred drawn Test in Chennai, Team India captain Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell had a look at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium and both expressed satisfaction at the pitch for the second Test against Sri Lanka.

Dravid and Chappell reached the stadium on Wednesday afternoon and headed straightway to the middle where they had discussions with curator Prabir Mukherjee for about 20 minutes during which they reportedly asked for bouncy wicket for the Test starting on Saturday.

Later, coming out of the ground, Chappell looked satisfied with the pitch and pressed for comment on the wicket, he said, "The pitch is fine."

Asked whether he felt the pitch was good enough to last full five days, Chappell said, "I can't comment on that."

Dravid also shunned any query and after insisting for his observation on the pitch, the captain said, "It's good, very good."

Later pitch curator Mr Mukherjee said that both Chappell and Dravid has asked for bouncy wickets.

"They asked for firm wicket and it should last full five days. The bounce should be even so that the ball comes nicely to the bat and the batsmen can play their strokes," he said.

The curator from Kolkata, however, was not happy with the wicket and said the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has not maintained the strip well.

"After I handed over the pitch to them in September last year, four five matches have been played on the main pitch which left it without any grass. On the other hand, other pitches were not used at all. Now I can't grow grass on the pitch overnight."

"Maintaining a pitch is much more important than making a pitch and I'm sorry to say this pitch was not properly maintained," he said.

"However, I'll try my best to give a good wicket which would have something to offer to the batsmen, the pacers and the spinners as well," he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, accompanied by DDCA President Arun jaitley, visited the stadium along with state government
officials and was reportedly unhappy with the fire safety measures put in place for the match and asked the association to sort out the matter in the next couple of days.

"We still have two more days before the Test starts and everything will be put in place by then," a DDCA official said.

First Published: Dec 07, 2005 19:58 IST