Pitches

  • Plenty of demons lurk in Harare pitch August 11, 2014

    Low, slow, crumbling and likely to get much worse quickly. That was the verdict on the Harare Sports Club pitch from both Zimbabwe and South Africa after the second day's play in their oneoff Test yielded just 209 runs in the 90 overs. The Proteas finished on 201 for four and...
  • Indian pitches are quicker than Trent Bridge wicket: Broad July 11, 2014

    Nottingham: England allrounder Stuart Broad has lamented the Trent Bridge pitch, saying Indian tracks are faster than the wicket on offer during the first cricket Test here. English bowlers had to toil hard for nearly two days to bowl India out but not before the visitors had on board a commendable...
  • Gautam Gambhir reported for threatening DDCA curator with bat: report February 25, 2014

    Out-of-favour India opener Gautam Gambhir, who captains his state side Delhi, allegedly threatened former India player and Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) pitch curator Venkat Sundaram after the two were involved in a war of words - DNA has reported. The report in the news daily said that Sundaram has...
  • Kingsmead wicket looks like a subcontinent pitch: Morne Morkel December 26, 2013

    Durban: South Africa pacer Morne Morkel was surprised at the nature of pitch on offer at the Kingsmead here after India took early control of the seriesdeciding second cricket Test by finishing day one on a commanding 181 for one on Thursday. Morkel termed the Kingsmead pitch as a "subcontinent like...
  • Bailey warns players against complacency in 3rd Ashes Test December 11, 2013

    Perth: Australia batsman George Bailey played down expectations that an Ashesseries clinching win in the third Test in Perth is a formality. Australia lead the fiveTest series 20 after convincing wins in Brisbane and Adelaide, thanks largely to the express bowling of leftarm paceman Mitchell Johnson. The fast and bouncy WACA...
  • Swann says urinating on Oval pitch 'nothing untoward' August 27, 2013

    London: England spin bowler Graeme Swann on Tuesday confessed that some of his team-mates may have urinated on the Oval pitch during late-night celebrations toasting their Ashes victory. Australian journalists earlier reported seeing three England players - swing-bowler James Anderson, batsman Kevin Pietersen and fast bowler Stuart Broad - relieving themselves...
  • Clarke expects Mohali pitch to be similar to last 2 Tests March 13, 2013

    Mohali: Australian skipper Michael Clarke is ready for another litmus test having conceded that the conditions at the PCA Stadium here are pretty "similar" to the ones they encountered in the first two Tests of the four-match series. Trailing 0-2 after big defeats in Chennai and Hyderabad, the hearts of Clarke...
  • Hyderabad Test: Another rank turner for Australia in Uppal? March 1, 2013

    Hyderabad: India's concern for the pitch has been nothing less than deciding the eleven to field in a Test match during the current home season, and the 22-yard strip at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here in Uppal is getting as much attention a day before the second Test against Australia....
  • CAB finally persuades curator to join work December 1, 2012

    Kolkata: The drama surrounding the preparations of the Eden pitch for the third Test between India and England ended on Saturday after CAB President Jagmohan Dalmiya persuaded Prabir Mukherjee to return to work, hours after the peeved curator had threatened to proceed on medical leave. Mukherjee, unhappy at being sidelined, had...
  • Asked for turners to nullify toss advantage: Dhoni November 22, 2012

    Mumbai: Unfazed by criticism over his demand for turners in the fourTest series against England, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni Thursday clarified that he had asked for tracks that turn from the very first day only because he wanted to keep the toss out of the equation. "How should it...
  • Asked for turners to nullify toss advantage: Dhoni November 22, 2012

    Mumbai: Unfazed by criticism over his demand for turners in the fourTest series against England, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni Thursday clarified that he had asked for tracks that turn from the very first day only because he wanted to keep the toss out of the equation. "How should it...
  • Disheartened by Dhoni's comments: Steve Waugh November 21, 2012

    MS Dhoni's demand to doctor the pitch suggests "if the pitch doesn't suit us, we can't win," feels the former Australia skipper. ...
  • Fast tracks for Ranji Trophy a good step: Venkat Sundaram November 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Venkat Sundaram, former chief of the ground and pitches committee of the Indian cricket board, feels the decision to prepare seamerfriendly tracks for the Ranji Trophy is a step in the right direction after the Test team's disastrous performance on the tours of England and Australia. Sundaram, chief...
  • Berry pans Aus' bowlerfriendly pitches November 5, 2012

    Adelaide: South Australia coach Darren Berry says Australia's Test team are being undermined by the pitches used in domestic cricket which overwhelmingly favor fast bowlers. Berry said he and other state coaches would raise the issue with Cricket Australia this week. He said the production of greentop pitches designed to produce...
  • Bangalore curator predicts sporting pitch August 29, 2012

    Bangalore: Curator Narayan Raju Wednesday predicted an exciting battle in the second cricket Test between India and New Zealand, saying the Chinnaswamy pitch will have to something to offer to both the batsmen and the bowlers. The second and final Test will begin here Friday, with India leading the series 10. Raju...
  • London 2012 Hockey: 10 things you should know November 7, 2012

    New Delhi: On the fifth day of the London 2012 Olympics, Google posted a new sportspecific doodle dedicated to hockey, that also happens to be India's National Game. Here are the top 10 interesting facts about the doodle and London 2012 Hockey events that you should know: 1. The doodle features...
  • London 2012 Hockey: The sixth Olympics doodle August 1, 2012

    New Delhi: On the fifth day of the London 2012 Olympics, Google has posted a new doodle dedicated to hockey, that also happens to be India's National Game. The doodle features a female player, holding a hookshaped stick, playing on a hockey pitch. The doodle looks simple; neither the...
  • Dhoni points finger at Hambantota pitch July 25, 2012

    Hambantota: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed the unpredictable pitch for his team's abysmal batting performance in the lost second ODI against Sri Lanka, rejecting suggestions that rash shots led to the stunning collapse. India were last night bowled out for 138 in 33.3 overs their fourthlowest ODI total in...
  • 'Supermen Of Malegaon', a vivid social satire June 18, 2012

    'Supermen Of Malegaon' will be released on June 29, 2012. The film has been directed by Faiza Ahmad Khan and produced by Chung Yong Park, Hee Yah Ong, Junichi Katayama and The Asian Pitch. It stars Farogh Jafri, Nazir Shaikh, Shafique, Shakeel Bharati and Akram Khan. Mollywood actor Shafique Shaikh,...
  • Spain considering protest over Gdansk pitch June 11, 2012

    Gdansk (Poland): Spain was considering filing an official protest to UEFA over the state of the pitch at Gdansk's PGE Arena after Italy's refusal to consent to extra watering left it dry for their opening European Championship game. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque as well as players Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez...
  • FIFA moves to prevent onpitch cardiac arrests May 26, 2012

    Budapest: World football governing body FIFA's medical experts said they wanted a defibrillator at every game at FIFA tournaments as well as players to undergo medical exams before games to prevent onpitch cardiac arrests. Speaking at a press conference after FIFA's second medical conference in Budapest, executive committee member Dr...
  • Sangakkara satisfied with Deccan performances May 20, 2012

    Hyderabad: Deccan Chargers finished the Indian Premier League just a place above woodenspoon holders Pune Warriors, but their captain Kumar Sangakkara said it was a satisfying campaign from them as they performed well throughout the season. "Two backtoback wins [against Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore] feels good. The guys played...
  • It was like a Test, Karthik slams Wankhede pitch May 10, 2012

    Mumbai: The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium for the current IPL edition came under the scanner once again when Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik compared the conditions to a Test match after his side slumped to a ninewicket defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday. "There was a lot in...
  • Wankhede track not good for T20: Harbhajan April 30, 2012

    Mumbai: Despite his side registering a fivewicket victory over Deccan Chargers in an IPL match here, Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh was critical of the Wankhede Stadium pitch, saying "it was not a proper Twenty20 wicket". "A different wicket from what we have played at the Wankhede. Not good for...
  • Warner learning art of patience for Tests April 24, 2012

    Roseau, Dominica: Australian David Warner, once considered a machine purposebuilt for Twenty20 cricket, showed he is learning the more patient skills required for Test matches with a patient halfcentury on the opening day of the third Test against West Indies on Monday. The lefthander made 50 from 136 balls on...
  • Shillingford enjoys home comforts in Dominica April 24, 2012

    Roseau, Dominica: West Indies offspinner Shane Shillingford ran through Australia's middle order on the first day of the third Test on Monday before admitting his surprise over how much purchase he gained on his home track. It is only the second Test match to be played in Shillingford's homeland of...
  • Ganguly wary of wounded Bangalore April 16, 2012

    Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore may have suffered a moraledamaging three consecutive defeats, but Pune Warriors India captain Sourav Ganguly ruled out suggestions that his team start as favourites against the home side in an Indian Premier League 5 match in Bangalore on Tuesday. Ganguly said RCB have immense firepower to turn...
  • Gilchrist credits fielding, bowling for narrow win April 15, 2012

    Kolkata: Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist credited superb fielding and tight bowling at the end for their thrilling tworun victory over Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on Sunday. Defending a small total of 134, Punjab brought themselves back into the game with a three for 18 by legspinner...
  • Livid Gambhir warns KKR of drastic changes April 15, 2012

    Kolkata: With his side failing to chase a modest 135 to win, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir warned of making drastic changes to the side if the seniors fail to perform again. Having opted to bowl, Kolkata rode on a superb 5 for 19 by Sunil Narine to restrict...
  • No complaint about Eden pitch: Shukla April 15, 2012

    Kolkata: Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla Sunday expressed satisfaction with the Eden Gardens pitch, saying there has been no complaint from any of the sides playing in the tournament. All matches at the Eden have been low scoring with the batsmen having a torrid time on the slow...