Rohit Sharma

India captain Rohit Sharma expressed uncertainty about the pitch for their T20 World Cup opener and emphasized the need for quick adaptation.

The pitch conditions at the Nassau County International Stadium in New York are causing a stir ahead of India’s T20 World Cup opener against Ireland on Wednesday. This will be only the second match played at the venue during the tournament, with the first encounter between South Africa and Sri Lanka raising concerns.

In that match, Sri Lanka was skittled for a mere 77 runs, highlighting the pitch’s potential challenges for batters. While South Africa eventually secured the win, their chase was extended to 16.2 overs, indicating some difficulty in scoring runs.

Adding to the uncertainty, India captain Rohit Sharma expressed his lack of knowledge about the specific pitch that will be used for their match. “There are four pitches here, and we’re unsure which one we’ll be playing on. So, it’s all about adapting,” Sharma said at a pre-match press conference.

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While acknowledging he has not personally seen the South Africa-Sri Lanka match, Sharma revealed that the Indian team is prepared to adjust to any conditions. “We’ll make the best decision based on the pitch we see at the ground,” he added.

The outfield at the new stadium is also a source of concern for Sharma. “There are uncertainties regarding both the pitch and the outfield. We need to adapt quickly as there’s limited time. We know how to play on different surfaces, and both our batting and bowling units are prepared for any challenge,” Sharma concluded.

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Last Updated on June 5, 2024