Will you not be surprised if you get a slow and turning wicket in South Africa, a low bounce pitch in Australia, and not a green but a flat and dry pitch in New Zealand or England? Of course, your answer will be a big ‘Yes’ as it is the opposite of the conditions and traditions of these countries.In this article we will know about- ‘Is Sourav Ganguly’s green top experiment in Eden Gardens right or wrong??’
In the same way,Asian pitches are different, where spin bowlers get the advantage and evidence of grass in pitch is a very rare situation. Every host team wants their conditions especially in ‘Test Cricket‘ to be helpful to them.They want their home turf to prepared as per their team’s strength. This is the reason why when the Indian cricket team tours New Zealand, Australia, England or South Africa, the pitch is prepared as per the wishes of the host team.
But in the first Test against Sri Lanka, the pitch of Kolkata’s historic Eden Gardens is completely looking different and ominous. After the guidelines of the Bengal Cricket Association President and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, the pitch is prepared in such a way that India realizes the conditions they will get in South Africa.So much grass is left on the pitch that we cannot differentiate between the outfield and pitch.The result was evident,’Team India’s batsmen started kneeling in front of Sri Lankan fast bowler Suranga Lakmal.’
The help he got from the pitch and the overcast conditions,made the Indian batsman dancing on the star fast bowler tunes. Suranga Lakmal was on the top of his form and broke the backbone of the Indian batting Line-up. ‘KL Rahul‘ was Lakmal’s first victim,on the very first ball of the match, then soon after Shikhar Dhawan also walked back to the pavillion followed by ‘Indian Captain‘ ‘Virat Kohli‘
Moisture on the pitch due to grass cover and rain,is a mixture which is not less than any sort of paradise for any fast bowler.It is always a condition that helps fast bowlers immensely, but the big question is,’is it right to create such a situation for the number-1 Test team?‘ Even when your opponent team has never won a single test against you in the recent series, is it not a too risky decision?
Like every coin, there are two sides, one side is risk, and if they lose to Sri Lanka, then it is natural. But in the other side of the coin,is, which Dada also saw and then decided, that before the Proteas tour, if Indian batsmen practice on green top pitch, then what can be better than that? Of course,he is not the only one to take such a bold decision, he must have taken the opinion of captain ‘Virat Kohli‘ and coach ‘Ravi Shastri‘.
The way Indian top order crumbled,is a big issue for them to address right before the Proteas tour. On a green top in Kolkata, when the swing of Lakmal is blowing away the top order of India,then think, what can be the reaction of Team India’s batsmen in front of Proteas Pace Quartet (Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel)? In such a case, Dada’s gift for Kohli and Company can be termed a complete success, because if India is eyeing a series win in South Africa,to retain their No. 1 spot,then surely this is a good decision. What are your views about- ‘Is Sourav Ganguly’s green top experiment in Eden Gardens right or wrong??‘