Wankhade Stadium, Mumbai
This wicket is expected to be an ideal test wicket as pitch curator failed to remove much grass from the wicket due to untimely rain in the Mumbai. Pace bowler should get some movements on the first day due to overcast condition, later on batting should become easy. Spinners will most probably get some assistance from day 3.
As per TOI sources “The pitch has a thick layering of grass. The ball won’t turn much. The grass seems to have grown tall as no cricket has been played on the main three pitches at the Wankhede Stadium since the ODI between India and Australia in Jan 2020. Some of that grass will be cut away, but at this stage, when the Test match is just days away, you can’t cut too much grass. As a result, they have stopped watering the pitch since Sunday.”
Pitch Condition as per Virat Kohli in the Virtual Press Conference ” It looks like a typical Wankhede wicket, we expect it to have some nice bounce. There’s value for all kinds of bowlers at the Wankhede and when you bat well, you can get runs as well. So I think it’s a great wicket for good cricket, and as I said, all skillsets are in the play all the time. Which is a great position to be in, because then you know that you can utilise your resources very well and the team that does it better has more chances of winning the Test match. So you go in with the knowledge that you can utilise your bowlers – whether it be fast bowlers, spinners, whoever it is – and your batsmen can find value in playing good shots, in being solid at the crease and still believing you can score runs.”
He further elaborated, “Even if the situation is difficult, you can very well play a really good knock from there on because the pitch allows you to do so. I think this is a pitch which demands a lot of discipline, but at the same time, the rewards of that discipline are also much higher in percentage compared to some of the other venues where spin might be dominant and the fast bowlers don’t come into play. But on the Wankhede, I don’t think that’s ever been the case and I know for a fact, all the bowlers – especially in red-ball cricket – they really enjoy playing at the Wankhede and bowling on the pitch and batsmen of batting here.
Indian team at Wankhade:
25 M: 11 Win, 7 Loss, 7 Draw
Last Test Match at this Venue against Good Test Nations:
ENG: 400 AND 195, IND: 631 (Pace: 27, Spin: 3)
IND: 327 AND 142, 413 AND 58/0 (Pace: 28, Spin: 1)