Dilip Vengsarkar Not In Agreement With Sachin Tendulkar’s Two-Pitch Theory
Former Indian batsman skipper Dilip Vengsarkar has disagreed with Sachin Tendulkar’s proposal of using two pitches in Ranji Trophy. Recently, Tendulkar in his conversation with the press suggested that in order to curb balance in the game and to maintain an equal chance for everyone, the first innings could be played on a green top, while the second innings could be played on a rank turner. This would aid both the pacers as well as the spinners.
Vengsarkar, however, has said such a proposal won’t be possible as one cannot expect the pitch to be used in second innings to turn from the very start.
“How will this happen? If you play the first innings for two-three days on a green top and then shift, how can you predict if the ball will turn on the other pitch? And how will this help the bowlers? No, it’s not practical,” he said.
A few days ago, Tendulkar was quoted saying, “Let us have the first innings on a green top with Kookaburra balls which would give openers a challenge. Even bowlers will have something. Our spinners will also learn how to bowl with kookaburra on green tops.
“Now let there be a pitch adjacent to the green top which would be a rank turner. Now, the second innings will be played on that track with the SG Test ball which would also help our batsmen play against quality spin bowling. We have been too focused on playing pace in overseas conditions but we should not forget how to play spin bowling. Don’t forget even overseas teams are losing to us in India. May be they would start using SG in their domestic matches,” Tendulkar added.
Vengsarkar was also critical about India’s limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s move of not playing enough domestic cricket. The former selector questioned Dhoni’s match fitness and said skipping domestic games won’t do him any good.
“Dhoni has retired from Test cricket. He also doesn’t play Ranji games. So how does he keep himself match-fit,” Vengsarkar said. “One needs to play regularly to stay match-fit. It’s ironical that Dhoni isn’t doing this,” he concluded.
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