India received that recreation in 73 overs, however it was performed on October 14, when the climate was sizzling and dry. Just a little over a month later, there’s an early winter nip within the air in Ahmedabad, the evenings are cooler, and there is much more dew. Pitch no. 5 has been watered, rolled, and watered. The curator believes it would retain a little bit extra moisture now.
India’s captain and coach, Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid, spent appreciable time pitch facet throughout India’s elective nets on Friday night. Australia arrived in Ahmedabad late Friday night and had their first and solely coaching session forward of the ultimate early on Saturday morning.
“Have you ever seen the wicket, Pat?”
“Yeah, simply had a glance.”
“What did you make of it?”
“Once more, I am not an amazing pitch reader, however it appeared fairly agency. They’ve solely simply watered it, so yeah, give it one other 24 hours and take a look, however it appears to be like like a reasonably good wicket.”
“Has it been used earlier than?”
“Sure, I feel Pakistan performed somebody there.”
“So how do you anticipate it to play in comparison with Kolkata?”
“Yeah, exhausting to know, I feel it has been a bit extra excessive scoring right here all through the event. Yeah, it has been a reasonably good wicket, so yeah, exhausting to say.”
Cummins was requested concerning the challenges of bowling on pitches like these, typical of the subcontinent, the place there is a put on and tear lots earlier within the recreation than in Australia. He mentioned the appreciable time spent in India over the previous yr or so had helped develop familiarity with the situations.
“Little question enjoying by yourself wicket in your individual nation has some benefits, much like wickets that you have been enjoying your entire life. However we have performed a number of cricket over right here”
“You have to be courageous with a number of the balls you utilize, slower balls, bouncers, you have to discover that stability between mixing it up but additionally not go chasing an excessive amount of,” Cummins mentioned. “I feel we have struck that stability fairly effectively and no less than over right here in India, a number of occasions by the top of the innings, issues like cutters work maybe higher than it does elsewhere on the earth.”
“Yeah, I imply, it is exhausting to say,” he mentioned. “It is clearly the identical for each groups. Little question enjoying by yourself wicket in your individual nation has some benefits, much like wickets that you have been enjoying your entire life. However we have performed a number of cricket over right here.
“So, yeah, we’ll wait and see. I feel, of all of the venues, maybe this venue – the toss is not as vital as, say, a Mumbai Wankhede Stadium or different venues. So, we’ll be prepared when it comes to something they’re going to throw at us. Yeah, we’ll wait and see, however we’ll be certain that we’ve some plans.”
Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo