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'I want the ball to turn from the start'

Press Trust Of India
Nov 19, 2012 at 05:07pm IST

Ahmedabad: India might have made merry at the Motera pitch while outplaying England in the opening Test but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was still not impressed with the track here and said he wants all the wickets to turn from the first ball itself.

"I don't even want to see this wicket. There wasn't enough turn and bounce for the spinners. Hopefully in the coming matches we'll see the wicket turn, right from start, or as soon as possible so that the toss doesn't become vital," Dhoni said after the nine-wicket win over England.

"What we want to see is two good sides competing against each other with the toss taken out of the equation," he added.

I want the ball to turn from the start: Dhoni

Dhoni was not impressed with the Motera track and said he wants all the wickets to turn from the first ball itself.

India took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series after rolling over Alastair Cook-led England for 191 in the first innings and then 406 in the second after scoring 521 for 8 declared and 80 for 1.

Dhoni said the ICC match referees cannot question turning tracks.

"I don't think the match referee can question a pitch just because it's turning. When the wicket seams right from the first delivery nobody asks questions," the India captain said.

"What you don't want is ridges in the wicket and then one ball hits your head and next your toe." He was not worried that matches, on such turning tracks, would end in three or four days as he felt the importance of the toss would be gone.

"At times, in the subcontinent, on pitches like this, the toss becomes vital. The only way to take the toss out of the equation is to have pitches that turn right from the start. The game may end in three and a half days, but both teams will have an equal opportunity to win the game," said Dhoni.

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