Dubai: India head coach Ravi Shastri, who is on his last assignment with the Indian team, made it clear that the team will be looking to see how much dew there is before deciding whether to bat or bowl against the all-important match against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup to be held in Dubai on Sunday, October 24.Also Read - India Set to Tour South Africa For Tests And ODIs; T20Is to be Played Later: Jay Shah
Shastri also went on to further reveal that the dew factor would also decide whether the Indian team would opt for an extra seamer or go with a spinning option that can turn out to be very critical in the context of the match, adding that the primary objective of the two warm-up games against England (this evening) and Australia on October 20 is to understand how the players are placed in terms of form and rhythm. Also Read - BCCI Set to Clear Indian Team's Travel to South Africa
“We’ll just try to see how much dew is around and accordingly decide to bat/bowl first. Also helps us decide about playing an extra spinner or seamer,” Shastri told former India stumper, Deep Dasgupta, during an interaction for official broadcasters ‘Star Sports‘. Also Read - Unofficial 2nd Test Between India A and South Africa A Ends in Draw
India are scheduled to play all their matches in the evening when dew becomes a major factor.
The heavier the dew, the more difficult it is for spinners to grip the ball, making stroke-play easier for batsmen.
Shastri said that IPL has been an ideal preparatory ground for the Indian players, most of whom are regulars for their respective franchises.
“Boys have been playing IPL for the last two months, so I don’t think they need too much of preparation. It’s more about them getting together and adapting together. Get some rhythm going, some energy going.”
Asked about the specific gains he is eyeing from the warm-up games, Shastri said: “Everyone can bat, everyone can bowl (in this game). So it will help us to get an idea about who is doing how.
“Not really (regarding any locked strategy). We’ll just see how things go and work a combination around.”
(With PTI Inputs)