Former Australian spinner Jason Krezja feels that the impact of Steve O’ Keefe and Nathan Lyon will be diluted in the second Test match and may be for rest of the series. In Pune, the duo combined to take 17 of the 20 Indian wickets and derailed the hosts in three days.
However, Krezja believes that the second Test in Bangalore which is set to get underway on the 4th of March, will see a much more sporting wicket.
“Going forward, I do see wickets taking turn, but it’s not going to be as bad as it was in Pune. I think the spinners are going to be the key but on wickets such as the one in Bengaluru, the pacers will have a say as well.”
“They both will have to set strong fields, bowl tight lines and be patient. There could be periods of play where our spinners would have to be a bit more defensive too. I don’t think they would get as much spin in the first 2-3 days (in the upcoming games)”, the former Australian spinner told The Times of India.
Earlier, Pune curator Pandurang Salgaoncar made it clear that he had time and again warned the BCCI pitch committee head Daljit Singh and West Zone head Dhiraj Parsana — both present to oversee preparation of the wicket in Pune — against preparing a bald and dry pitch.
In an exclusive interview to CricketNext, curator revealed, “I had clearly warned the BCCI against preparing a bald and dry pitch. I don’t want to take names, but I had told them that not watering the pitch and removing the grass cover could have a detrimental effect. I know deep within that I had tried my best to make them understand.”
Asked why he didn’t put his foot down as he is in-charge of preparing the wicket at the MCA Stadium, Salgaoncar said: “Well, what can I do? The fact is that we are reduced to helpers ahead of an international match and we have to follow the instruction of the BCCI pitch committee members present to oversee the preparation. My job was to follow their instruction and I did that.”