Harbhajan now slams Pune pitch

May 05, 2012, 08:23 IST | Shreeram Gokhale

It's not very often that one sees a winning captain complaining about pitches and conditions.

Mumbai Indians’ skipper Harbhajan Singh is an exception though, as he did it twice out of two games, this time after winning the Maharashtra derby by one run against Pune Warriors India at the Subrata Roy Sahara stadium here on Thursday.

Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan had criticised the pitch at Wankhede Stadium for being too seamer-friendly after the Deccan Chargers were bowled out for 100, and MI huffed and puffed before overcoming that target earlier this week.

On Thursday, he was disappointed with the Pune wicket for being too slow and low, and difficult to score runs on it. “It wasn’t a proper T20 wicket.

“There was hardly any bounce for pace bowlers and even against spinners. It was difficult to rotate strike,” the senior India off-spinner said after the game.

It was quite a contrast to Harbhajan’s comments after the first leg of the Maharashtra derby played at Wankhede on April 6, when PWI had scored 129, and had still won the game by 28 runs on a spinner-friendly track.

“You have to play on any wicket that is provided to you, you can’t expect flat tracks every time,” he had said then. Pandurang Salgaokar, curator at the Subrata Roy Sahara stadium was not available to comment. 

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