Bouncy wicket awaits players: Curator
The wicket for the second and final Test between India and New Zealand, starting here on Thursday, is expected to generate "good bounce", the curator of the pitch said on Monday.india Updated: Oct 14, 2003 00:13 IST
The wicket for the second and final cricket Test between India and New Zealand, starting here on Thursday, is expected to generate "good bounce", the curator of the pitch said on Monday.
"We have worked hard to prepare this wicket. It should offer good assistance to seamers, especially during early hours of the game on all days," chief curator of Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) and a member of BCCI's Grounds and Pitches Committee, Daljit Singh told reporters here.
"Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble should also love bowling on it on the third and fourth day. Overall, we have tried to keep something for the bowlers as well as the batsmen and let's hope it works the way it is intended."
Singh said unlike the first Test, which ended in a tame draw, the pitch here could help in getting a result.
"The weather here is a lot cooler and the humidity levels are down. We have tried different mixtures of soil to prepare the wicket. The results were evident in the last Test encounter between India and England which was over in little under four days," Singh said.
He said that both Indian coach John Wright and New Zealand's Ashley Ross have expressed satisfaction at the ground condition.
"They said the ground looked simply world class."
Singh also tried to defend the curator of the Motera pitch, which was held responsible by Indian captain Sourav Ganguly for his side's failure to force a win in the first Test.
"Every curator tries to do a best job. But it also depends on the soil and climate and other factors."
First Published: Oct 13, 2003 21:17 IST