Triumphant after brushing aside India inside three days, Australia skipper Steve Smith took a dig at the turning pitch prepared for the first Test, saying it suited the visitors perfectly.
“It was certainly a wicket that would more likely suit the Indian players. I think it evened up the contest a lot more,” Smith said after handing India a 333-run defeat. “We saw the way our spinners bowled on that, they were able to generate some good spin and good natural variation out of the wicket.
“So, it was up to them to prepare a wicket, and they prepared a wicket that actually played into our hands. It would be interesting to see what they come up with in Bangalore,” Smith told the media.
However, Pune curator Pandurang Salgaoncar made it clear that he had time and again warned the BCCI pitch committee head Daljit Singh and West Zone head Dhiraj Parsana — both present to oversee preparation of the wicket in Pune — against preparing a bald and dry pitch.
In an exclsuive interview to CricketNext, curator revealed, “I had clearly warned the BCCI against preparing a bald and dry pitch. I don’t want to take names, but I had told them that not watering the pitch and removing the grass cover could have a detrimental effect. I know deep within that I had tried my best to make them understand.”
Asked why he didn’t put his foot down as he is in-charge of preparing the wicket at the MCA Stadium, Salgaoncar said: “Well, what can I do? The fact is that we are reduced to helpers ahead of an international match and we have to follow the instruction of the BCCI pitch committee members present to oversee the preparation. My job was to follow their instruction and I did that.”