Mumbai Indians have insisted that they never made a formal complaint about the Jaipur pitch and have accused Rajasthan Royals of “sensationalising” the issue.
Mumbai’s seven-wicket loss to the Royals on a sluggish pitch led to a fallout between the captains of the two franchises after Sachin Tendulkar said: “It was a tough pitch, different to what we play on in Mumbai. I don’t want to take the credit away from Rajasthan, who bowled and fielded well. It was two-paced, the ball kept low.”
The visitors had made just 94 for eight in their 20 overs, and recorded only their second defeat of the season.
Mumbai were believed to have lodged an official complaint with the Indian Premier League, and the tournament’s pitch inspector Venkat Sundaram attended Rajasthan’s next home game, which saw them face Pune Warriors on Sunday.
However Mumbai denied this in a statement issued on Tuesday, and blamed Rajasthan for blowing the issue out of proportion.
“There have been unsolicited, distasteful comments and personal remarks made in reaction which is not in keeping with the spirit of the game,” the statement said.
“It is disconcerting to note that Rajasthan Royals and a senior official of the Rajasthan Cricket Association are trying to sensationalise this issue.”
Shane Warne had accused Mumbai of being ‘bad losers’, while Rajasthan Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Dixit’s twitter reponse to Tendulkar being dismissed by a full toss against Kings XI Punjab on Monday was: “Sachin gets out off a full toss. Can’t blame the pitch this time.” Cricket365