'Mohali pitch will be slower': Curator

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 17:12 [IST]
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'Mohali pitch will be slower': Curator

The Mohali pitch to be used in the first Test match between India and Australia will be a slower one according to the pitch curator Daljit Singh. Daljit, who knows the history of the pitch in detail was forthright in his assessment of the strip.

The pitch has traditionally been bouncy one but the curator said the pitch to be used will be a slower one due to heavy rainfall in Northern India this year.

"Due to heavy rainfall in Northern India this time, the surface didn't get enough time to bind. Also, before any international match, quite a few practice matches are organised in order to get an assessment of the pitch.

That wasn't possible due to heavy downpour. So wicket will be on the slower side," Daljit told PTI. "One shouldn't expect steep bounce on this pitch.

The Curator said that the pitch will get better and better as more matches will be held ahead of the World Cup. He said, over the years, the PCA track has undergone a lot of transformation.

While the batsmen have enjoyed playing on this track, the last time India and Australia played a Test match at this venue, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma got the ball to reverse a lot, causing extensive damage to opposition. The Australian coach Tim Nielsen agreed that there won't be considerable bounce which is a trademark of Mohali pitch.

"It won't be as fast as you find wickets in Mohali. This strip has a lot of moisture underneath the surface.

There is an even cover of grass but we hope that it will be done away with in the next 24 hours," Nielsen said when asked about his take on the pitch.


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