Netherlands batsman, Ryan ten Doeschate, has criticised Indian Captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for his remarks about the Eden Gardens pitch last year.
Doeschate, whose home ground will be the Eden Gardens, while he plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders in this year’s IPL, was absolutely shocked by Dhoni’s comment about the pitch being slow and unfit for hosting Twenty20 Internationals.
Doeschate, responding to Dhoni’s comments, said: “How can Dhoni criticise the wicket at Eden? The wicket at Chennai is one of the slowest in the country.”
Instead, the Dutch batsman, believes that the pitch, will be an advantage to the Knight Riders during the IPL.
“It suits us and we will have home advantage” he said.
Dhoni, when India hosted England for a Twenty20 International on the 25th and 29th of October last year, described the pitch as “ugly looking.”
He also labeled the pitch as flat and having no turn and bounce whatsoever, when India played the West Indies a couple of days later.
Doeschate, who is said to be one of Holland’s greatest talents, believes that the Knight Riders can make the final stages this year, after narrowly missing out last year.
“We came quite close last year. This time there are some new players and I am confident that we would be able to go further in this IPL” he said.
When asked about his role in the squad, he said: “My role is to be good support player. In the present squad we have players like Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis. Besides, new recruits like Sunil Narine is also likely to come in handy this time. So we can push for place in the final.”
Knight Riders coach, Rudy Webster, hopes that Doeschate can use his many years of experience to help motivate and energise the younger players in the squad.
“His main job is to ensure that the whole team remains a confident unit when they take the field” he said.
With Doeschate ready and confident for the start of the IPL next week, Kolkata fans will be hoping that he can have a huge impact on the squad and fulfill his promise of taking them into the finals.