Sabina Park practice pitches anger Indians

Sabina Park practice pitches anger Indians

Already hit hard by injuries, India were grumpy over the practice facilities as they found out that two of the three pitches provided to them were dangerous for batsmen since it had variable bounce.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys could not have a proper work-out on Saturday as those two track were two-paced. The two pitches not used on Saturday had become powdery and the top surface had loosened up considerably after the Indians had an intense work-out on Friday. Consequently, a few deliveries kept low while others reared up disconcertingly.

Opener Murali Vijay was hit on his right forefinger by a local fast bowler on the nets on Friday and after viewing the two practice pitches, the Indian team decided not to use local net bowlers at all on Saturday. Only one batting net was used and the other two were only availed for throw-downs by members of the Indian squad.

Even these throw-downs were not without inherent danger as the other designated opener, Abhinav Mukund, was twice hit on shoulders by deliveries which reared up dangerously.

Even the Indian fast bowlers did not bowl in order to protect their own men. Only the three spinners, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha, bowled on the one strip deemed fit for batting.

Interestingly, the West Indies have had no problems with the same nets and had a full-blown session on Saturday.

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