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Curator of Holkar Stadium desires an even contest between the ball and the bat

It is not fair to make a wicket which is suited only for batsmen, says Samandar Singh

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Holkar Stadium. (Photo Source: MPCA)

The curator of the Holkar Stadium in Indore has produced some of the most brilliant surfaces to bat on. Who can forget Virender Sehwag’s mammoth innings of 219 against West Indies back in 2011? In the recent past, Virat Kohli and Rahane stitched a massive partnership to bat New Zealand out of the game. Kohli brought up his 2nd double ton in Test Cricket while Rahane scored 188.

Having said that, the pitches to be put in the IPL matches are intended to promote an even contest between the bat and the ball. Holkar Stadium, Indore is all set to host its 3rd match in the tournament. All the matches until now have had an equal tussle between the ball and the bat.

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Bowlers have extracted movement from the pitch while batters have posted decent scores. The ground, which is supposed to be the home ground for the Punjab side, will be hosting an in-form Mumbai side today.

Pitch curator Samandar Singh went ahead and stated that the staff is trying to create a surface which will remain consistent for the entire duration of the match. “We are trying our best to produce an even wicket which will remain the same for 40 overs. The wicket should not change much and you can expect an exciting game” said the enthused curator to HT.

He further commented that creating pitches that would only help the batsmen is not justified. Citing the example of the pitch used in India-New Zealand series, which promoted an even combat between the bowlers and batters, he further added,”It is not fair to make a wicket which is suited only for batsmen and while preparing the wicket for tomorrow’s game, we will keep all the factors in mind. The pitch during the India-New Zealand Test match was appreciated by a lot of people and we would love to produce competitive wickets for all the matches at this venue.”

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