Former India player turned commentator Aakash Chopra feels Team India will get the benefit from the upcoming T20I home series against Australia and South Africa, although the conditions might be slightly different from what they will get in the T20 World Cup in Australia. However, India will hope to end their lean patch in ICC tournaments by winning the global T20 event starting in Australia next month. The Indian team will play three preparatory T20Is each against Australia and the Proteas before heading Down Under.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “What you are saying is correct, the conditions are going to be different. But you cannot go and practice in Australia. You have to play somewhere. Dubai, I thought, was a phenomenal practice because the pitches were extremely similar to the ones that you actually get in Australia – less spin, more bounce and help for the pacers.”
Chopra continued: “In India also it is in our hands. We can ask the curators to prepare a slightly fair pitch, they should be made in T20s in any case, a good pitch with a bit of bounce, not too much help for the fast bowlers or the spinners. There should be some bounce if you bend your back. It will be fine if they prepare such pitches. Just one devil’s advocate, you don’t get too much difference in the conditions world over when you talk about white-ball cricket and especially in T20s, conditions have become flat nowadays.”
However, the three T20Is against Australia will be played in Mohali, Nagpur and Hyderabad between September 20 and 25. On the other hand, Thiruvananthapuram, Guwahati and Indore will host the T20Is against South Africa from September 28 to October 4 as well.
“It will be advantageous from the template perspective, the team will play together, they will be able to understand their roles. They will feel even better if they win because winning is a habit,” Aakash Chopra concluded.