Mohammed Azharuddin Not Happy About SG Ball Complaints

Mohammed Azharuddin frowned about the criticism about SG ball by the Indian team. Recently, Umesh Yadav commented about the rough nature of SG ball during the game. He took 10 wickets from the second test against West Indies.

Mohammed Azharuddin

Azharuddin said “I remember the years – since 1984-85 – when the Dukes balls were used and how the seam used to go rough. It was clear that in Indian conditions they wouldn’t work. It was in 1993 when the SG was first introduced and India went on to dominate all cricket they played at home. Look at the overall country-wise average of bowlers bowling with different balls in different conditions. That will give you the answer. So, what’s the fuss about?” “I remember the years – since 1984-85 – when the Dukes balls were used and how the seam used to go rough. It was clear that in Indian conditions they wouldn’t work. It was in 1993 when the SG was first introduced and India went on to dominate all cricket they played at home. Look at the overall country-wise average of bowlers bowling with different balls in different conditions. That will give you the answer. So, what’s the fuss about?”

He added “I really can’t understand what their (India’s) grouse is. Statistics say everything.”

Umesh Yadav became the third player from the Indian camp after Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin. Kuldeep Yadav also complained about the critical nature of the ball. Indian cricket board is using the SG ball for 25 years. Umesh became the third Indian pacer to make a ten-wicket haul in the home test. In this context, Azharuddin wondered about the complaints.

“I really can’t understand what their (India’s) grouse is. Statistics say everything.”

“If you’ve taken six wickets, then how can you complain about the ball? Even in pace bowling, Yadav picked a 10 wicket haul, no? So, where’s the complaint?

“You’ve got to use what suits your conditions best. That’s also the challenge in Test cricket. I can’t go to England and say we’ll play with SG. They’ll have the Dukes ball. Similarly, if England is coming here, there is a different set of challenges they are going to face,” he opined.

He felt that the Indian board should contact the manufacturers instead of expressing frustration here.

“If there is a problem with the ball, go to the manufacturer and tell them what’s required to be done. I heard that there were some complaints about how the seam is not up enough and all. Whatever the case, just call them and let them know,

“If I had a problem with my bat during the playing days, I would go to the maker and tell him what problem I was facing and ask the makers to work on it, do something about it.” He concluded.

This is just another halt for an all existing policy maker of things which is not a real threat if you come to think of it in the phase of adversity for most people it only means that they need to make a change for some new policies that will drive cricket in the long-term success. This is going to make a change