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Rain continues to add to pitch uncertainty

cricket Updated: Aug 29, 2012 23:37 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times
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Just as the cricketers were gathering for an annual awards function in the evening, it started to drizzle.

The rain is making the usual plan (of giving a turner) go a bit awry. There is still time but it'll be interesting to see how things go. The Kiwis, who struggled in the first Test, would want a blanket of moisture than a dry surface for India's spinners to exploit.

New Zealand seamer Doug Bracewell, however, was not be deceived by the grass or rain. "It is on the top and I know it'll be cleared off. There's not much to worry (for the batsmen)."

The arrival of Daniel Vettori, who bowled a few overs at the nets, has infused life into the side. The left-arm spinner, however, will play only the T20s.

With India's youngsters shining through and the call for an overhaul in the line-up being backed by their performance, the spotlight will also be on the remnants of India's golden generation of batsmen.

Both Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar behaved in different ways at the nets. While Tendulkar tightened his defence, Sehwag went berserk, playing almost all his shots cross-batted.

Tendulkar's concerns probably stemmed from the fact that of his 22 dismissals over the past year, he has been bowled or caught leg before 10 times.

As for Sehwag, four of his past eight dismissals have come in the cordon and one at point. Even in the last match, he gave a catch to slip. "They are too experienced to be bothered by such things. With Pujara coming in place of Dravid and doing so successfully, Sehwag has that extra licence to go for the kill," said a source connected with the team.