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Pune pitch wasn't so poor: India opener

  • Pune pitch wasn't so poor: India opener

    Indian cricketer Murali Vijay (L) plays a shot as Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal looks on during the fourth day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and India at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on August 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian opener Murali Vijay has rejected match referee Chris Broad's assessment of the pitch in Pune, saying cricketers "need to play on such wickets at times".

Broad declared the dry deck prepared for the first Test between Australia and India was "poor" in his report.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has the power to fine India's board up to $A19,500. The ICC is currently waiting on a response from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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Vijay felt the issue had been overplayed following Australia's 333-run win in Pune.

"I don't go into a match seeing the wicket, I go in with an open mindset," Vijay said in Bangalore, where the second Test starts on Saturday.

"If the wicket does something extra, I just try to adapt. That's where technique comes into play.

"I won't say the Pune wicket was a poor one. It was a much more challenging wicket from ball one.

"As cricketers we need to play on such wickets at times. Rather than playing every time on a flat track or a seaming wicket."

Vijay added the crumbling dustbowl tested everybody's ability and character.

"It was a good game of cricket. We should have done much better in the first innings (with the bat)." he said.

Australia vice-captain David Warner shouldered arms when asked about Broad's report.

"That's obviously up to the ICC and the match referees to deal with," Warner said.

"There's been wickets around the world that have been not too (dissimilar) to what was produced."

Local reports in India claim the BCCI's chief curator Daljit Singh could be sacked for the role he played in the saga.

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