According to a report published in TOI, a high-scoring pitch is being prepared in the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur for the first T20 international between India and New Zealand. India hasn’t played an international game at Jaipur for the last eight years and they have an excellent record in the venue with 8 wins in 12 ODIs and only one drawn test.
This will also be the first T20 international played in the venue and it is important to note that the boundaries are bigger in the venue. Being the home ground for the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, it has been a fortress for the IPL side as well as the Indian side. Rohit Sharma will lead India for the first time as permanent captain of T20Is while Rahul Dravid starts his assignment as head coach.
Pitch Curator Ensures The Pitch Is Not Slow
The central zone pitch curator Taposh Chatterjee mentioned that he was aware of the match date and made sure that the pitch does not get slow. He added that the Jaipur pitch has been tested enough with the domestic games taking place.
“As we were aware of the match date, we have protected the pitch from overuse and underuse to ensure the juice remains and the pitch is not slow. It has been tested during Colvin Shield, Under-19 matches, practice matches for the senior state team and senior women challenger trophy,” the central zone pitch curator Taposh Chatterjee told.
Pitch Curator Reveals The Reason Behind Using Fifth Strip
Pitch Curator mentioned that the visibility of the dressing room was the reason behind using the fifth strip and noted that the same amount of maintenance would not be possible in IPL. He added that wickets not be rotated during IPL in the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur which might not be needed in the one international game here.
“The simple reason behind using the fifth strip was to make sure that the seats are not killed and the dressing room is easily visible. These permutations and combinations have to be kept in mind. Since it is only one match, we could make it possible. During the IPL, we invariably have to keep rotating the wickets to avoid overuse,” he added.
India and New Zealand play their first T20 international of the three-match series on the 17th of November at the pink city Jaipur.
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