With India now setting up a semifinal showdown with England at the Adelaide Oval in Men’s T20 World Cup, one can feel optimistic about the side’s chances as they will play at the venue in which they survived a Litton Das scare to beat Bangladesh by five runs in a tense rain-hit match.
But Sunday’s matches showed that the pitch, which hosted the double-header, was a little slower and boundaries were a little smaller too. Asked about what India would do in a situation like this coming up in the semifinal against England, head coach Rahul Dravid remarked that his team will be quick to adapt to the situation if the pitch is indeed slow in nature.
“It was, again, a different kind of wicket, and it was played at Adelaide, as well. I can’t sit here now just after a game and predict what’s going to happen there. We’ll have a couple of days; we’ll go and have a look at that wicket and see what we think it might do. Of course, if it’s slow we’ll play according to those situations. If we think it might play differently, then we’ll have to put up a squad to match that.”
“Again, we’ll have to go there and see. I watched some of the games today and I know the tracks were slow and they gripped and they turned a bit. We might be playing on a completely new strip in Adelaide, and the strip we played with against Bangladesh, to be honest, did not spin,” said Dravid in the post-match press conference.
Dravid further stressed that the strike rate of batters will vary depending on how they adapt to the conditions, calling them as only certainty in an uncertain tournament. “Strike rate is different in every situation, ground and condition. If you are playing a match where 200 runs are to be made, or like on this wicket, where according to us, some movement was happening. But we felt that 170-180 was ideal, according to the information we got from the boys inside.”
“In a match like this, your strike rate has to be different. We have played in matches where 150 was a winning score and in Adelaide, 160 was a difficult score to chase in those conditions. In that scenario, you have to play the conditions.”