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‘I don’t know which pitch we will play on’: Rohit Sharma baffled ahead of India vs Ireland T20 World Cup match

The pitch of the India vs Ireland match in Group A may become a topic of discussion. In his international cricket debut, the Nassau County International Stadium in New York produced a pitch that made life difficult for the batsmen. Sri Lanka were eliminated by 77 points. That’s not the only unusual part. They needed 19.1 overs to score them. South Africa had to fight for 16.2 overs to catch up.

India captain Rohit Sharma with BCCI chief selector Ajit Agarkar during a practice session ahead of the first match of the ICC T20 World Cup against Ireland in New York (Surjeet Yadav)
India captain Rohit Sharma with BCCI chief selector Ajit Agarkar during a practice session ahead of the first match of the ICC T20 World Cup against Ireland in New York (Surjeet Yadav)

India won’t exactly be entering uncharted territories on Wednesday. Their only warm-up match before the World Cup was at this ground against Bangladesh. While the Indian first team struggled to score quickly at the start on a slow track, the blitz of Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya took India’s total to over 180. Bangladesh did not have the same result. Even their most experienced batsman, Shakib Al Hasan, struggled to get across the boundaries. India overtook Bangladesh at 122nd place.

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If conditions are similar, then there may be another low-scoring match on the horizon. Until Tuesday, India captain Rohit Sharma did not know which pitch would be used for his match against Ireland. “There is a square of four pitches. I don’t know which wicket we will play on. So who knows, the wicket we play tomorrow might be a good wicket to bat on. So, it is about adapting.” “he told reporters on the eve of the game.

“I couldn’t watch the game. I was a little busy with my family who had arrived yesterday. But no, I certainly know how the field was played, I listened to my other teammates, and we have a lot of guys. In the team and the support staff were talking about what happened in that game.

“But again, all I can say is we’ll make the best decision we can for these conditions, whatever level we feel is best. We’ll just go to the ground and take a look at the field,” he said.

India has all bases covered: Rohit Sharma

The gardens are also a concern. When an aerial shot falls deep, the ball tends to take off and spin back. “Certainly, a lot of things are very uncertain in terms of the outfield and how the field will play. Like I said a moment ago, it’s about adapting and getting used to that condition very quickly, because you don’t have a lot of time.” And if the field is doing well, we certainly know what to do in the fields that are doing well. When the field is working a little, we know exactly what we need to do as a batting group. “Well, it’s just not about batting. When you have a pitch like that, which is a bit useful for the players, the players also have an important role to play,” Rohit added.

The Indian captain, however, is confident in his team. He said India has all bases covered to address different conditions. “We have balance in all departments, whether we need seamers, we have seamers, we also have good spin bowlers. So yes, we will decide based on the pitch. Again, we have to go and look at all that, including the size of the pitch. ground,” he said.

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