Far too many balls saved low on the opening day, particularly within the ultimate session, as Saurashtra reached 206 for 5 at shut of play. “Very poor wicket. The board has to look into things like these. The ball is not coming up. This is not good for cricket. The ball is not getting off, it is dusting, reversing. Very poor,” Lal, who performed 16 Tests and 13 ODIs for India, stated after the day’s play.
The 64-year-old felt the curator didn’t do his job when requested if the ultimate ought to have been held at a impartial venue. “No, net necessarily (on neutral venue). You have got neutral curators. The board should look into it. Send your curator 15 days before the game. Even the curator has not done a good job.”
Asked if he would converse to BCCI boss Sourav Ganguly on the matter, Lal stated: “That is not my job. They should look into it on their own.”
The potent Bengal tempo assault focused the stumps within the ultimate session with the ball holding low, getting three wickets in return. The guests acquired two within the afternoon session and none within the morning.
“We had to attack the batsman (in third session). You have to contain runs, like I said it is a poor wicket. Medium pacer is bowling with one slip and there is no chance of ball carrying it to slips. It would be a disgrace if the ball starts rolling through on day three,” stated Lal.
Talking in regards to the sport, Lal stated there’s a lengthy approach to go and he’s glad after day one. “Yes, I am. This is a long game. 15 sessions have to be played, we have played three. We will fight till the end whatever the result. We don’t focus on the result. We focus on what we do best. If we keep them to under 300 in the first innings, I will be happy.”
On Sudip Kumar Gharami making his first-class debut in an enormous ultimate, Lal added: “He is a young boy and immensely talented who is playing U-23 for Bengal. Someone else made his debut in the Ranji final and went on to captain India successfully. May be he would emulate him (referring to Ganguly).”
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