Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary, on Thursday, criticised the pitch even after his team’s six-wicket win over Jammu and Kashmir in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
In a rain-curtailed match at the Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering Ground, Jammu and Kashmir were bowled out for a paltry 96 in 23.4 overs. In reply, Bengal lost just four wickets before reaching the target in a little over 20 overs.
Prayas Barman and Ishan Porel starred with the ball for Bengal, picking up 4 and 3 wickets respectively. Only three batsmen from Jammu and Kashmir could cross the 10-run mark with Paras Sharma’s 17 being the highest score.
But despite the thumping win, the pitch did not impress Manoj Tiwary at all.
After the match, the right-hander, who scored one century and one fifty in his 12-ODI career for India so far, took to Instagram to express his displeasure at the playing conditions. He urged for sporting pitches all over the country, writing:
“I only wish dat someday d domestic one day matches is played in sporting pitches where there is something to offer for everyone. It wud b only fair 2 have an equal field and pitches for all d cricketer playing domestic matches. Let’s have a sporting pitches across al d venues in india at least in domestic one day nd t20’s.”
The Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir game was not the only one-sided affair in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Thursday. In the other match of the competition, Jharkhand spinner Shahbaz Nadeem blew away Rajasthan to help Jharkhand win the game by 7 wickets.
Nadeem broke a two-decade-old world record for best bowling figures in List A cricket, with an incredible haul of 8/10 against Rajasthan.
Nadeem ran through the Rajasthan batting to help his side bowl them out for just 73 in 28.3 overs.
The previous best bowling effort was also in the name of an Indian in Delhi left-arm spinner Rahul Sanghvi, who achieved figures of 8/15 against Himachal Pradesh in a 1997-98 match.