From Chennai curator, a firm reason for India win against Australia
The 60-year-old, who has been preparing pitches at the M A Chidambaram Stadium for about four decades, and his team have achieved the impossible. In a game where Indian spinners have taken 20 wickets, the pitch has held its own. The expected chorus of criticism from the visiting team, a ritual for ages, is missing this time.
Parthasarathy reveals the secret behind the elusive turning track that Indian skipper M S Dhoni had been wanting all through the England series. “We started by making the entire pitch firm. After that we watered it selectively. The areas on either side of the stumps were kept dry, and so turned out to be loose. The line of the stumps was watered and rolled, so it stayed firm through the Test,” he says.
This resulted in the pitch being true where the pacers pitched the ball, and abrasive in the areas where the spinners operated.
So the Aussie pacers concentrating on the line of the stumps, hoping that the wear and tear would give them uneven bounce and thus lbw or bowled decisions,