Dilip Jajodia, who bought the legendary Dukes company (that makes the legendary cricket balls) in 1987, feels former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin is wrong in slamming Virat Kohli and co. for critcising the current SG balls.
Reportedly, Jajodia's company sells over 1,00,000 balls every year in various countries, many of them tailored to local conditions and surfaces. Most of the Dukes balls are hand-stitched abroad, and brought to the United Kingdom for further processing and finishing touches to retain its quality.
Jajodia on Thursday said the current India skipper Virat Kohli and bowlers Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav are "not idiots" when they ask for Dukes to be used.
“I know Azharuddin very well. I respect his views, but he is wrong on this. Kohli, Umesh Yadav and others are not idiots to ask for Dukes even after winning handsomely against the West Indies in India. Azhar may be telling an old, out-of-date story,” Hindustan Times quoted Jajodia.
“It is incorrect to suggest that the same ball be used in all cricket matches all over the world, for the simple reason that not all pitches are the same. The solution is to have bespoke balls, suited for local conditions, but adhering to the same high standards as that of Dukes.
“Kohli came up on his own with the demand for Dukes in a press conference. The bowlers complained even though they did well against the West Indies, much against what Azhar has said. There is no issue at all about the suitability of Dukes balls in Indian conditions”.