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Team India has always failed to chase 300- plus targets against Australia. The loss in the first ODI in Pune was 11th such occasion, as the Australian pacers James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay and Shane Watson used the short- pitched deliveries to good effect. M AIL T ODAY takes a look at the dismissals & recent instances where Indians have succumbed to chin music.

Green top in Jaipur could well add to Team India's woes

MAHENDRA Singh Dhoni's dislike for pacer- friendly wickets isn't a secret anymore.

And with a tinge of grass being left at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium pitch, the troubles for India, who have struggled against short deliveries in the first ODI, is bound to increase.

Captain Cool also looked unhappy after seeing the wicket and had a chat with curator Tapas Chatterjee after Wednesday's training session, but the latter would not reveal about what he was told.

However, Chatterjee said that while there have been instances in the past when curators have been forced to cut down the grass on the pitch to satisfy certain quarters, this time he wouldn't do any such thing.

" If you are talented enough, you should rely on your game and not the kind of wicket produced. Moreover, I feel that when the wicket has a bit of pace in it, it helps in scoring runs as well.

" I think this wicket is a sporting wicket and whatever work needed to be done on the wicket has been done. We won't water the wicket anymore as we will have dew in the night. God willing, it will be an exciting match on Wednesday," he said.

" If you don't have good grass covering, there is no way that you can prepare good wickets.

Dew will come into play around 7: 30 in the evening, but we will try and cut out its effect as much as possible." Regarding what Dhoni told him, Chatterjee said: " Yes, we did speak on the wicket, but you know, my job is to prepare wickets and a player's job is to play. But sometimes you also need to be a good listener and I like listening to what different players have to say about a wicket that I prepare."

Curator refuses to remove grass and calls it a sporting wicket even as India captain Dhoni is unhappy

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Date:Oct 16, 2013
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