Veteran curator Prabir Mukherjee hit back at Mahendra Singh Dhoni for terming the Eden Garden wicket for the fifth cricket ODI against England "ugly looking", asking how could the Indian captain then bat for so long and top score in the match.

"He knows good English. He has the liberty to express his views.

"But I would only say had the wicket been 'ugly', how is it that the opening batsmen of both sides did well? How is it that Dhoni himself played for so long," septuagenarian Mukherjee told IANS. Mukherjee said considering the fact that it was a virgin wicket and international matches are not played at Eden Gardens at this time of the year, the 22 yards did behave well.

"I did not see any problem. England bowled very well to take the Indian top order," he stressed.