World Cup final likely on same slow pitch as India-Pakistan game at Ahmedabad

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THE Indian team will continue the trend to play on slow pitches as it is learnt that the final of the World Cup at Narendra Modi Stadium is going to be played on the same pitch as the India vs Pakistan game last month.

The pitch will be sluggish where the ball after pitching will take its time to reach the batsman’s bat.

Indian team captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid inspected the pitch in detail during the optional training session at the stadium. Black soil pitches generally tend to be slow. During the India vs Pakistan game, the visitors were bundled out for 191 and India had registered a convincing seven-wicket win.

It is learnt that the final pitch is expected to be on similar lines where spinners might hold an edge.

The Australian team boasts of a decent pace attack with Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood and Mitchell Starc forming a lethal fast bowling unit. However, the Indian team has the best pace bowling line-up in the recent past. Mohammed Shami has been on a roll alongwith Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.

Pitches have taken centrestage and attracted attention since India played their semis in the Wankhede Stadium.

The BCCI has been accused of switching pitches and this paper had earlier reported how the team management asked curators to shave grass off from the pitch and make a slow track at Wankhede Stadium. The Indian team has tried to use home conditions, and this controversy aside they have had a tremendous run this World Cup.

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