Dhoni's act of rewarding Kanpur pitch curator shameful

April 15, 2008 @ No Comments

India defeated South Africa at Kanpur to level the series 1-1. The matter of dispute during the Kanpur Test was the turning Green Park pitch which helped the hosts to clinch the series levelling victory.

The Green Park curator Shiv Kumar has now received a personal note of thanks and a cash reward from the stand-in Test skipper, MS Dhoni. Kumar said regular Test skipper Anil Kumble, who missed the match due to a groin injury, also came down to meet and thank him for preparing the “spinner-friendly” pitch after the match. Off spinner Harbhajan Singh, who won the man of the series award for scalping 19 wickets, also met Kumar to praise and thank him.

While there should be no objections to prepare a pitch to suit the home team, it is not a good sign for the home team’s captain to congratulate and reward the curator for “helping” them to win a match. I reiterate that it is absolutely fair to prepare a pitch to suit the home team as long as it is not sub-standard. There is a difference between a turning wicket and a sub-standard wicket which turns.

When the Indian team plays at Perth, they cannot expect to get a turning pitch. Similarly, it is fair that visiting teams will not get bouncy pitches when they play in the Indian sub-continent.

But for a home team captain to reward a curator for “helping” him to win the match is like admitting that they could not have won the match without his help. Dhoni should have better left this job of rewarding the curator to the Green Park authorities and to the BCCI.


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