On Friday, December 3 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India will face New Zealand in the second Test. However, it has been claimed that the surface may have a heavy layer of grass on it, providing little support for the spinners, prior to the match. The two-match Test series is currently locked in a tense standoff, with the Kanpur Test ending in a tie. According to accounts, the 22 yards in Mumbai are currently covered in grass. The fact that there has been less cricket played here in the last two years has aided this. However, these circumstances may compel both teams to make difficult decisions in the following Test match.

“The grass on the pitch is thickly layered. The ball will not rotate very much. Since the ODI between India and Australia in January 2020, the grass appears to have grown tall and no cricket has been played on the main three pitches at the Wankhede Stadium. Some of the grass will be trimmed away, but you can’t remove too much grass at this point, with the Test match just days away. As a result, they haven’t watered the pitch since Sunday, according to a source who spoke to TOI.

With the forecast of rain, the curator’s work becomes much more difficult. “It will bring moisture on the grass and the wicket,” the insider said when asked about the situation. With the early morning wetness in play, the surface will initially aid fast bowlers, but it will eventually become a good batting track. “It’ll have a lot of bounce and carry,” the person said. India’s setup for the second Test may be forced to adjust due to the circumstances.

In the Kanpur Test, India relied on its three spinners to have an effect on the team. In the first Test at Green Park in Kanpur, the spinners took 19 wickets in total. India would face a bigger struggle in facing New Zealand fast Kyle Jamieson on a wicket like this in Mumbai, where the conditions may benefit the pacers more. He has been in good form against India recently, taking six wickets on the slow and low Kanpur surface.

The speedsters may have an advantage in the contest because of Wankhede’s increased pace and bounce. India may need to discard a spinner and play an additional pacer under these conditions. Mohammed Siraj may be able to break into the XI as a result of this. It would also be fascinating to watch if India will stick with Ishant Sharma, who went wicketless in the previous game, or try out Prasidh Krishna, a fresh batsman.