From Chennai curator, a firm reason for India win against Australia

MS Dhoni

Australian all-rounder Moses Henriques said he enjoyed the challenge of playing in the sub-continent and it was the footmarks on the loose soil that were responsible for the uneven bounce.

After the loss on Tuesday, visiting skipper Michael Clarke too found no fault with the surface. "I like to see a result in Test cricket, and the fact that the game went five days says to me that it's a pretty good Test match wicket," he said.

Dhoni, who was critical of the Motera track during the last series against England despite winning there, too appreciated the surface and said other centres could take a cue from the Chepauk pitch.

Both the captains agreed that the pitch had looked "ugly" on the first day, but it had played much better than expected. The reason for the "dirty" look, as the curator says, was the different water content, and thus varying colour.

Parthasarathy had done something similar during the 1998 India-Australia series. With leg-spinner Shane Warne being the main Aussie bowler, Parthasarathy's mix-and-match was different. "I kept the square patches outside the leg stump, on either side of the wicket, really hard. It was difficult to get turn from that part as there would be no rough there," he says. Tendulkar scored a hundred, Warne went 1/122 and India won the first match of that series by 179 runs.

"After that game, Warne came to me and asked why he wasn't getting the turn and others were. I told him it was because of his dodgy shoulder, that was to be operated later in the series," says Parthasarathy.

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