Rahul Dravid Shows Concerns Over ‘Soft Ground’ & ‘Spongy Pitches’ | T20 WC

Team India has started the preparation for their first game in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 after their only warm-up game against Bangladesh. They will play their first game in the tournament against Ireland on June 5, at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York. Rahul Dravid, Team India’s head coach has expressed his opinion on ‘soft ground’ and ‘spongy pitches’ at the venue. He was skeptical about the conditions on offer in New York. Team India will play the first 3 games of the Group stage at New York, before moving to Florida for the last Group A game.

Rahul Dravid shows concern over ‘soft ground’ and the possibility of injury

Rahul Dravid talked about his concerns regarding the possibility of injuries to the players because of ‘soft ground’ in New York. After India’s only warm-up game against Bangladesh, the head coach gives his opinion on the conditions on offer in New York. He lauded the good facilities at the venue and how quickly they prepared the ground in New York.

“It’s great to get a good hit-out. It looks like a good facility in terms of as quickly as they have put up.” – Dravid said in a video posted by the BCCI.

Although he lauded the good facilities in the venue, he was skeptical over players’ injuries due to the softness of the ground. Rahul Dravid said the players could hurt their hamstring and calves due to the ‘soft ground’ in New York. He also talked about ensuring the players take care and look after all these things. India cannot afford an injury to players in a big tournament like World Cup.

“The ground is a bit soft, the guys could feel that on the hamstring and the calves. So that’s the area we need to ensure that we are working around to ensure that the guys are looking after. It does feel a little bit heavy underneath.”- Dravid on the softness of the ground.

Dravid on ‘spongy wickets’ in New York

Not just the conditions, Rahul Dravid also expressed his opinion on a ‘spongy pitch’ at the Nassau County Cricket Ground. India’s head coach said the pitch is a little bit spongy, but the team has managed well. He said the batters did well to put an above-par score on that wicket. Dravid also lauded the bowlers, who restricted Bangladesh to just 122 in the 2nd inning.

“A little bit spongy at times but I thought we coped well, we managed that well. The batters had put an above-par score on that wicket and the bowlers came out and bowled well. All-and-all we got run-around and to get a game here is nice. hopefully we can prepare well for the next couple of days and be ready.” – Dravid added.

A lot of talk about the drop-in pitches in New York

There are a lot of talks about the drop-in pitches in New York for the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Especially because India is playing their first three games in New York, including a marquee clash against the arch-rivals Pakistan.

There were also talks about how the Indian batters managed to play on those kinds of pitches that are slowish and a bit sluggish, where the ball might not come onto the bat easily. 

The Indian batters need to rethink their strategy and play according to the conditions prevailing if the pitches are not too batting-friendly. They can’t hit the ball through the line if the conditions are not good. There are a few players in the team who can adjust their game accordingly. We have seen them doing it and winning games for the team. They did well in a warm-up game against Bangladesh to put 182 on the board in the first inning.

Easy win for India in a warm-up match

Team India won their only warm-up match before the start of the tournament. After batting first, they posted 182 on the board. Rishabh Pant batted brilliantly for his half-century and a quick-fire knock of 40 runs off just 23 balls from Hardik Pandya puts India to 182. The bowlers did the rest of the job and restricted Bangladesh to just 122. India had a good game time before their first fixture and they will be eyeing a good start in the tournament.

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Team India’s fixtures in the Group Stage:-

India vs:

Ireland, June 05, New York

Pakistan, June 09, New York

US, June 12, New York

Canada, June 15, Florida

Team India’s squad:-

Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Shivam Dube.

Reserves:- Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan, Khaleel Ahmed.

So this is all about the assessment by Rahul Dravid on ‘soft ground’ and ‘spongy pitch’ in New York. Let’s see how Team India does in this T20 WC. They are still looking for an ICC trophy since 2013.

FAQs:-

(1) Will Rahul Dravid be the head coach of Team India after the ICC T20 World Cup 2024?

No. Rahul Dravid’s tenure will be over after the tournament. The BCCI has started looking for a new head coach already.

(2) How many ICC T20 WC finals Team India has played so far?

Team India has played two finals in the T20 WC till now. They played the final in 2007, when they won the title as well and played the final in the 2014 edition as well. But, India lost a final against Sri Lanka in 2014.

(3) Will Gautam Gambhir becomes the new India head coach after Dravid?

Although there is no confirmation yet, Gambhir is ahead in the race. He also expressed his desire to coach Team India.

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