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Eden wicket strange looking: Swann
Saturday 29 October 2011

The pitch at the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata has come in for quite a bit of criticism lately. And joining the bandwagon is England spinner Graeme Swann, who said the pitch looked ‘strange’.

"It's a strange looking wicket. It's very dry and very bare," said Swann in the one-off Twenty20 match-eve media meet here.

Swann said it was likely that Saturday's match will be low-scoring.

"It was, to some extent, an ugly looking wicket. You were never really set and it was difficult to score runs," Dhoni had said at the post-match prize distribution ceremony after the fifth ODI on October 25 at the Eden Gardens.

However, veteran Eden Gardens curator Prabir Mukherjee had hit back at Dhoni for his comment asking how could the Indian captain then bat for so long and top-score in the match.

"He knows good English. He has the liberty to express his views. But I would only say had the wicket been 'ugly', how is it that the opening batsmen of both sides did well? How is it that Dhoni himself played for so long," septuagenarian Mukherjee told IANS on Thursday.

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