Dharamsala, Mar 23: Insisting that there was no interference from the team management, HPCA curator Sunil Chauhan today said he has prepared a typical bouncy wicket for the decisive fourth Test, starting Saturday.Also Read - Nathan Lyon: One Big Goal is to Play Massive Role in Test Series Win in India
“Till date I have never taken any instruction from anyone and I have always prepared wicket keeping the traditional nature of this track in mind. This will be a bouncy wicket and preferred by those who play the cut and pull shot well. Rohit Sharma got a century in a T20 International at this ground,” Chauhan said on the eve of the match. Also Read - Commonwealth Games 2022: India to Face Australia in Tournament Opener in Women's Cricket
Chauhan said he is confident that pitch will last five days. Also read: IPL 2017: Ben Stokes can’t wait to join MS Dhoni and Co in Pune Also Read - T20 WC: Steve Smith Lauds Virat Kohli-Led Team India After Win Over Australia in Warm-up Game
“At Dharamsala, we have always tried to provide result oriented wicket. Even during this season’s Ranji Trophy, the outcome was decided on fourth day lunch. As usual, the trend says that the pacers will get more wickets. Ishwar Pandey of MP and Ashok Dinda of Bengal got a lot of wickets in their respective Ranji matches.”
Chauhan said that every season they have changed the top soil in order to keep the binding intact. Also read: Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay promoted to Grade ‘A’ by BCCI; Shikhar Dhawan demoted
“There is a particular kind of soil found in Ludhiana which we have been using for some time now. That has helped us maintain the bind of the track,” Chauhan said.