‘At least Ahmedabad had a pitch…there was none in Faridabad’

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The 22-yard strip rolled out for the just-concluded two-day, Test match will likely be a matter of debate lengthy after the mud settles in the India v England collection.
The group that adjusted greatest to the abrasive Ahmedabad floor got here out trumps so India’s win could be termed as considerably well-deserved.
Former Test batsman Sandeep Patil felt that England had been too defensive in their strategy and would have been higher off had their batsmen confirmed extra intent to attain runs fairly than scratch round. “I really feel they had been very defensive in their strategy and thought in regards to the pitch an excessive amount of. You have to aim to attain runs as a result of that’s going to make a distinction particularly in a low-scoring recreation,” Patil instructed mid-day.com.
Patil was additionally a part of such a state of affairs earlier than main Mumbai to victory over Haryana in the 1984-85 Ranji Trophy quarter-final at Faridabad.
“At least, there was a pitch in Ahmedabad. At Faridabad, there was no such factor,” he stated in tongue in cheek vogue.
“This Test match jogged my memory of that recreation. It was Sanjay Manjrekar’s Ranji debut and Haryana had two spinners to use the circumstances – off-spinner Sarkar Talwar and left-arm spinner Rajinder Goel,” recalled Patil, who was main a Mumbai aspect with out Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Ravi Shastri, all of whom on India obligation in Australia, that includes in the World Championship of Cricket.
Haryana, led by Ravinder Chadha didn’t have the companies of India gamers Kapil Dev and Ashok Malhotra.
Patil misplaced the toss and Haryana put up a aggressive 223 due to half-centuries from opener Ashwini Kumar and Satya Dev. Mumbai’s off-spinner Kiran Mokashi claimed 6-66.
Mumbai managed solely 195 and would have been deeper in the trenches had debutant Manjrekar (high rating of 57) and Chandrakant Pandit (39) not placed on 66 for the fifth wicket
Talwar returned figures of 7-107 whereas Goel, who opened the bowling with Rakesh Jolly, claimed 3-59.
When Mokashi injured his ankle, Patil took on the bowling tasks along with his medium tempo together with left-arm spinner Ravi Thakkar. Their four-wicket hauls helped dismiss Haryana for 148 and Mumbai had been set a victory goal of 177.
Openers Lalchand Rajput and Ghulam Parkar supplied a superb begin however each fell to Goel and Talwar respectively when the whole reached 94. Patil used his punitive blade to slam 59. In that one-hour stint on the crease, he clubbed Talwar for a six in addition to his six fours. One-drop Shishir Hattangadi (who had scored 27 in the primary innings), saved him firm in an unbroken 83-run partnership for Mumbai to win by eight wickets.
“Sandeep took Haryana by storm. He felt attacking them was the one technique to win the sport. He simply didn’t permit the ball to land. He determined to tackle Talwar whereas I was instructed to care for Goel. It was a weird recreation,” stated Hattangadi.

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