India clinched a win in the first ODI against Australia in the first ODI and the next one is going to be played at Eden Gardens Kolkata. India will look forward to stretching the winning and take a lead for the team.
But rain is expected to play a spoilsport like in Chepauk. The city has been seen in the rain and hovering black clouds that have kept the pitch covered.
Eden Gardens’ chief curator Sujan Mukherjee claims the wicket is going to be neutral in the second ODI between the two sides here on Thursday. “If the rains don’t play spoilsport, you can expect a good game of cricket. Though the pitch is going to stay covered for longer hours if the rain continues, I don’t think that is going to make any difference to the nature of the wicket,” Mukherjee told Sportstar.
“I don’t make personal wickets, as you have seen in the last one year. My wickets are known for pace, bounce and a bit of spin. The pitch will have good carry and the batsmen will get a chance to play their strokes too. It is a sporting wicket,” he added.
“Since Ganguly played the game, he understands the demand of a good wicket. His inputs are valuable but these days, he doesn’t get much time for inspection, he comes whenever he is free. He wouldn’t say much if things are on track. Even he is a neutral person, he told me to lay a pitch that will comfort both teams,” confirmed Mukherjee.
On being asked what could bethe total on the pitch, Mukherjee drew attention to change in pitch for Bangalore this IPL season. “That is a debatable topic. Royal Challengers Bangalore, with names like Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, were bundled out for 49 in the IPL this year. But overall, this is a 280-300 wicket.”
Though a lot will depend on the rain and weather that can change the course of the game but still recent technology will let the game keep going for the day if no frequent showers is seen.