new Delhi: After a clean sweep of Sri Lanka 3-0 in the T20 series, now Team India would like to completely wipe out Sri Lanka in the Test series as well. The first match of the two-match Test series between India and Sri Lanka will start on March 4 at 9:30 am in Mohali. Big news has come out for Team India regarding the Mohali Test pitch. The secret of the pitch used for the first test match between India and Sri Lanka has finally been revealed.
The secret of the pitch of the first test match has been revealed!
Bhupendra Singh Sr., a former Indian cricketer and a member of the Pitch Committee of the Punjab Cricket Association, says that this time the weather can play an important role. This time the pitch of Mohali will be equally helpful for both the batsmen and the bowlers. If we look at the current weather, it is cold in the morning and evening, so spin and fast bowlers will get the benefit of moisture in the pitch. In the afternoon the pitch will be friendly to the batsmen. Overall, it is a good cricketing pitch and there will be a lot for everyone to do.
Team India’s chief selector Chetan Sharma took stock of the pitch
Team India’s Chief Selector Chetan Sharma and BCCI Chief Curator Ashish Bhowmik inspected the pitch. After inspecting the pitch, Chetan Sharma went round the stadium and also tested its out field. During the practice session of Team India, Chetan Sharma was present in the stadium and he also discussed with Team India coach Rahul Dravid and betting coach Vikram Rathod separately for the victory of Team India.
Mohali is the fort of Team India
A total of 13 Test matches have been played so far at the IS Bindra Cricket Stadium in Mohali. In this, Team India has won 7 matches, while five were drawn. West Indies was the only team to win a Test match against Team India in Mohali. In December 1994, West Indies defeated Team India by 243 runs. The last time a Test match was played at this ground was between India and England in November 2016. Team India won this match by eight wickets. Mohali has hosted a total of 12 Test matches since 1994 and India has never lost a match there. What’s even better is that since 2000, India have won 7 out of 10 Tests played at this venue, while three other matches ended in draws.
Weather will be like this during the match
Chandigarh Meteorological Department director Manmohan Singh says that there will be no change in the weather in the coming days. It will be cold in the morning and evening and players can enjoy the game in the sunny afternoon.
The atmosphere of fear in the Sri Lankan team
Before the Mohali Test match, there is an atmosphere of fear in the Sri Lankan team. There is no doubt that the Mohali ground is one of the most fortunate grounds for the Indian team. This is such a stronghold on Indian soil that every foreign team wants to penetrate. Defeating the Indian team at this ground in the first Test match for Sri Lanka from Friday will be no less than a huge challenge. The Mohali ground is one of the few grounds in India whose pitch was known for assisting fast bowlers in the 1990s, but over the years spinners have been taking wickets equally from the pitch. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been India’s biggest match-winners with the ball for some time now, as they have bowled brilliantly on the home track. The second match against Sri Lanka will be played in Bangalore from March 12.
India vs Sri Lanka Test Series Schedule (IND vs SL 2022 Schedule)
1. First Test Match: March 4 to March 8: Mohali – (9:30 am)
2. Second Test Match: March 12 to March 16: Dharamsala – (12:30 PM) (Day Night Test)
India’s Probable Playing XI for the 1st Test against Sri Lanka:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.