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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Nilu is Right!

It is not often that I find myself agreeing whole-heartedly with Nilu, but this cricketing fact is so obviously true that even he can't get it wrong. The BCCI constitution should be amended to mandate that at least one test in every home test series be played at Chepauk. It is the only "real" sporting pitch in India.

For some bizarre reason, people are eager to give that title to Mohali. All because of one test match 13 years ago when the pitch was a seamer's paradise. But in recent years it has been a pancake-flat track. One in a while they sprinkle grass and excite seamers on the first day. But that's about it.

What makes Chepauk so brilliant is you don't need to sprinkle kilos of grass on it. It is sporting in a uniquely Indian way.