The Adelaide Oval will be hosting the second T20 World Cup semi-final between England and India. It has one of the longest straight boundaries in the world, measuring 90 meters, but the same cannot be said for square boundaries. And that’s also one of the main reasons why numerous pitches aren’t utilized, even during a competition like the World Cup, because excessive deviation on either side of the center pitch would make one part of the boundary extremely short, giving a specific type of batsman an undue advantage.
And that is the reason why India and England will be playing their semi-final fixture on a used pitch. The two teams are set to lock horns at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, November 10, for the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022. And given the conditions at the venue, the match will happen on a used pitch.
In a video shared by journalist Vimal Kumar, the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid were seen getting into a conversation with the pitch curator on the ground. Dravid was the first to approach the center pitch during India’s first optional practice session before the semi-final. He took a close look at the strip before addressing the curator for a prolonged conversation as Sharma and India’s fielding coach T Dilip joined him.
India may think about using Yuzvendra Chahal if the game plays at all like the most recent Super 12 contests between South Africa-Netherlands and Pakistan-Bangladesh. If not, continuing with Rishabh Pant instead of Dinesh Karthik may be necessary to counter the extra bounce.
Rohit Sharma hasn’t been in the best of form this season, but he will need to strike at the top while facing England’s finest bowlers. India will need both Sharma and KL Rahul to fire from the beginning so as to keep the team in a commanding position. Neither of them made it to the finals last year, which makes the upcoming fixture even more important and crucial for the two sides.