Ahmedabad, India: With the T20 World Cup final against Australia just around the corner, Team India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, stuck to his meticulous routine of inspecting the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Known for his keen understanding of pitch nuances since his playing days, Dravid, along with skipper Rohit Sharma and the support staff, engaged in a detailed discussion about the playing surface.
The pitch, which will be used for the final, was initially covered with brown sheets, raising speculation and drawing attention to its preparation. Dravid and Sharma’s focused discussion hinted at a strategic analysis, emphasizing the importance of pitch conditions in a crucial match.
Notably, recent reports about the Mumbai semi-final being played on a used pitch instead of a fresh one have heightened scrutiny over the playing surfaces in the tournament. Additionally, the absence of ICC pitch consultant Andy Atkinson on Friday led to speculations, but the ICC clarified that Atkinson is present and fulfilling his role.
At the practice nets, a limited set of players, including KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishan Kishan, R Ashwin, and Prasidh Krishna, participated in the training session. Sharma, who has played a vital role as the team’s enforcer throughout the tournament, joined the practice later, showcasing his impeccable timing.
While most of India’s key players opted for a relatively subdued training stint, the stadium continued preparations for the closing ceremony scheduled for Sunday. The grand event is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several celebrities.
Ahmedabad, known for its extravagant presentations, promises a spectacular spectacle on and off the field for the T20 World Cup final. Cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await an engaging on-field contest in this highly anticipated championship match.