According to the curator of Indore stadium, Samandar Singh Chauhan, India’s spin twins in limited overs cricket, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will again be expected to do wonders for the team on a Holkar Stadium track, which promises to be a belter.
The Madhya Pradesh CA curator Chauhan said, “We have used black cotton soil, brought from different parts of Madhya Pradesh. In this weather, it won’t crumble and it won’t be very dry. It has the capacity to hold water but it will be good for the wrist spinners.”
In the ongoing 5-match ODI series, the Australian batsmen having a lot of trouble struggled while facing Kuldeep and Chahal in the first 2 ODIs.
Describing the pitch further, the curator said, “We had used this pitch for a two-day match between the players of our Ranji players. Ninety overs were bowled on both days on September 7 & 8 and good runs were scored. It should be a high-scoring game.”
Holkar stadium became famous when Indian opener Virender Sehwag played his career-best ODI innings of 219 against the West Indies in December 2011. India captain Virat Kohli had hit a double hundred (211) against New Zealand in the first innings of the third Test here last year and Ajinkya Rahane had scored 188 in the same innings at the same venue.
Before the start of the series, it had been expected that every game to see a score of 300-plus but in the first two ODIs have not seen that happening.
Speaking about the drainage sytem at the Holkar stadium, the curator said, “We are equipped with three super soppers, 12 sump well — each having 60-feet deep boring and 48 100-feet borewells to make the ground ready.”
The MPCA officials indicated that if there is bright sunshine on Sunday, the team winning the toss should bat first.