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Pitched battles: India may have learnt lessons from Mumbai 2012

first_imgThere may be a temptation to replicate the 22 yards of India vs England 2012 in the fourth Test of the ongoing series at the Wankhede Stadium. But that’s not going to happen. And it’s not just a lesson from the move that backfired then.It appears India have made a tactical decision to not go for rank turners against England as against South Africa last year. And it stems from identifying their own short comings with the bat against spin.Indian spinners may have spun a web on the opposition but English leg-spinner Adil Rashid is the highest wicket-taker in three Test matches so far with 18 wickets. (Wankhede pitch will be a slow turner, say groundsmen)Ajinkya Rahane has had his problems against spin and modern Indian batsmen are yet to beat the impression they can be found wanting on a sharp turning surface.The dry slow turners, this series has been played on has left scope for reverse swing which has been ably exploited by Indian seamers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. India’s might, the batting unit led by Virat Kohli has also managed to play it’s part. It’s unlikely India is going to go for a change in script.Mumbai Cricket Association pitch curator Ramesh Mamunkar’s assessment gives us an idea. “It’s not going to be a rank turner. It may turn from day 3,” he told India Today.”The Wankhede wicket hasn’t been watered the same way. Add to that no live grass gives away we are not looking at a hard bouncy surface. “There’s been a lot of due so we can’t water the same way else it adds to the dampness,” the curator said.advertisementTraditionally though the Wankhede surface has offered bounce. With the sea breeze flowing in the evening, swing bowlers like James Anderson will always be a weapon. All of this will keep England interested.India will try to negate these factors with a surface that will help them keep the home advantage to seal the series in Mumbai itself. Both the teams will have their first look at the wicket on Tuesday.last_img read more

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