The Virat Kohli led Indian team has already been on the unconquerable strides in their first two meetings with the visitors Australia. Following the recent triumphant 2nd ODI outing against the Aussies in Eden Gardens, India next eyes a 3-0 triumph. September 24 would be the decider of this series where India will be taking on Australia. The Holkar stadium in Indore is all set to witness the grand battle between these two rivals. As India’s newest spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are proving to be lethal and unplayable for the visitors, Holkar Stadium’s pitch curator Samandar Singh Chauhan, on Friday, said that the track will prove to be better. But at the same time, it will also be helpful for the spinners too. The Madhya Pradesh CA curator further added that the pitch won’t crumble. Hence only the wrist spinners will be able to make an impact.
“We have used black cotton soil, brought from different parts of Madhya Pradesh. In this weather, it won’t crumble and it won’t be very dry. It has the capacity to hold water but it will be good for the wrist spinners,” Chauhan said. The Australian batsmen have struggled against India’s spinners Kuldeep and Chahal in the first two matches with the former becoming only the third Indian to take a hat-trick in ODIs. “We had used this pitch for a two-day match between the players of our Ranji players. Ninety overs were bowled on both days on September 7 and 8 and good runs were scored. It should be a high-scoring game,” Chauhan added.
Holkar stadium has been a happy hunting ground for Indian batsmen as Virender Sehwag had struck his career-best ODI score of 219 against the West Indies in December 2011. India captain Virat Kohli had his Test double hundred (211) against New Zealand here last year. And Ajinkya Rahane had scored 188 in the same innings. Before the start of the series, it was said that 300-plus score would be the norm. But the first two matches have not seen any instances where this benchmark was reached.
The city has also been experiencing rain in the last few days. There is the forecast of sporadic showers during the next two days. The ground was kept under covers after a heavy downpour from last midnight till Friday afternoon. However, a strong drainage system in place. The ground staff of 80 people can get the field ready in an hour even after a heavy rain. “We are equipped with three super soppers, 12 sumps well each having 60-feet deep boring – and 48 100-feet borewells to make the ground ready,” Chauhan, who has been associated with MPCA for the last 22 years, said.
The first match in Chennai was a truncated affair and in Kolkata as well the rain had interrupted the match for a brief period. The MPCA officials indicated that if there is bright sunshine on Sunday, batting first will be the order of the day whichever skipper wins the toss.