Sawai Mansingh Stadium set to welcome India after eight years, curator reveals about special preparations

New Zealand will visit India for a three-match T20I series, followed by two Test matches. The first Twenty20 International match will be played on November 17 at Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium. According to the numbers, this venue has benefitted India, since the team has had a lot of success here. India has won eight ODIs and a one-off Test match out of a total of 12 ODIs and a one-off Test match. However, the squad will play in this arena for the first time in nearly eight years, thus these results aren’t particularly noteworthy.

The first Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand will include some high-profile debuts, with Rahul Dravid taking over as India’s head coach and Rohit Sharma taking over as full-time T20I captain. Taposh Chatterjee, the central zone pitch curator, has spoken up about how the wicket is projected to play ahead of the highly anticipated match. He said that the pitch had been well-protected, and that the game would be played on the strip in the centre.

“We protected the pitch from abuse and underuse because we were aware of the match date to guarantee the juice remained and the surface did not slow down. It has been put to the test in the Colvin Shield, Under-19 matches, state senior team practise matches, and the senior ladies challenger trophy. The fifth strip was added just to ensure that the seats were not destroyed and that the dressing room was visible. These combinations and permutations must be remembered. We might be able to make it work because there is just one match. We have to maintain changing the wickets during the IPL to avoid misuse,” the pitch curator stated, as quoted by TOI.

“T20 matches, without a doubt, generate a lot of excitement and thrill, keeping fans on the edge of their seats. The spectators are all eager to see high-scoring games. People should obtain value for their money paid on tickets to see a T20 match,” the pitch curator said after reflecting on these concerns. The anticipation is that good high-scoring contests will be witnessed. With that in mind, a wicket must be prepared. It cannot be a high-scoring pitch in T20s if there is no regular bounce, and it becomes tough to score if there is lateral movement.