Before the first ball was bowled itself the Bengal’s quest for the Ranji Trophy would have been completed. The surface is completely dry at the Rajkot which looks hard to do anything for pacers. For the big game, India international Cheteshwar Pujara joined Saurashtra and the Bengal after losing their side while tossing had a lot to ponder upon.
Wriddhiman Saha (wk) was seen collecting balls below his knees but the Ranji Trophy finals day one ended by visitors taking five wickets, Akash Deep’s three for and Shahbaz Ahmed’s tight spells lead some way for the result.
Bengal Coach Arun Lal was much disappointed with the nature of the surface for such an important game. Lal pleased the BCCI to take care of pitch before terming it with the word ‘disgrace’.
“The board has to look at a few things keenly mainly a poor wicket. The surface is so dusting on the first day that the ball couldn’t come up. You have neutral curators and why not them send before 15days itself. What if a fast bowler running in with one slip of the final first session, with the knowledge of carrying nothing.”
Bengal applied tactics patiently though wickets were tough to come by at the beginning. That looked like a negative strategy by the Saurasththra batsmen spelled by Shahbaz and Lal refused to believe.
The opinions that the Bengal man executed a strategy on the surface which lead his pack of bowlers down with discouragement.
“There would be a good chance of happening as well if the ball starts moving by on the third day and it would be a disgrace. This is absolutely not the wicket which you prepare for the final to finish at the top by fighting hard involving two teams.”
Yesterday Pujara was retired hurt due to the fever and throat infection, today came out with bat to play home team’s total at 206/5. Ankit Vasavada is his batting company who is nearing a hundred soon.