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Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid Assess New York Pitch Ahead Of T20 World Cup 2024
By CricShots - May 31, 2024 6:44 pm
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The Indian cricket team is gearing up for their group stage matches in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024, with three key games scheduled at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, India will face Ireland on June 5, followed by the highly anticipated clash against Pakistan on June 9.

Rahul Dravid
Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid

Their final group match at this venue will be against the United States on June 12. In preparation for the tournament, India will also play a warm-up match against Bangladesh. Ahead of this fixture, head coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit Sharma took the opportunity to inspect the drop-in pitch at the Nassau County stadium.

According to a report on Cricbuzz, their initial assessment of the pitch was positive, describing it as “normal and good,” with an expected tendency to favour the batters.

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There has been considerable speculation about how these drop-in pitches will behave, given that most teams are not well-acquainted with such surfaces. However, the warm-up match against Bangladesh will offer the Indian players a valuable chance to familiarize themselves with the conditions and adjust their strategies accordingly.

 

On the eve of the warm-up fixture, the Indian cricket team was seen practicing at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. Visuals from the practice session showcased players like Shivam Dube, Rinku Singh, and Avesh Khan honing their skills in the nets, emphasizing the team’s focus and preparation.

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India enters this tournament with a strong desire to end their ICC trophy drought, having last secured an ICC title with the Champions Trophy in 2013. Since then, they have consistently reached the latter stages of major tournaments, including the 50-over World Cup final in 2023, semifinals in 2015 and 2019, the ICC World Test Championship finals in 2021 and 2023, the T20 World Cup final in 2014, and semifinals in 2016 and 2022. Despite these impressive runs, the team has yet to clinch another ICC trophy, making this T20 World Cup a crucial opportunity to break the jinx and lift the coveted title.