INDvNZ-XI: Grass at Seddon Park is green, but deceptive
Written by Sandip G
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Updated: February 14, 2020 8:15:35 am


India-New Zeland T20 match, North District cricket headquarters, Seddon Park pitch, cricket news, indian express, India vs NZ tour match, India tour match, three-day tour match  There are 4 strips of varied hues on the sq. at Seddon Park. (Photo: Sandip G)

The Northern Districts cricket headquarters, situated at the doorway of Seddon Park, is empty but for the bored receptionist, who is beneath the phantasm that the venue is internet hosting one other India-New Zealand T20I, and a billboard of Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli holding the trophy. The lights, unusually, are lit in nearly each different room, regardless of an enormous drive to scale back energy consumption. The receptionist banters: “It’s to keep me awake.” And as an afterthought provides: “I think I need to switch on the floodlights to keep me awake.”

The floor, although, is basking beneath the blazing solar, the grass shining so brightly that the reflection nearly burns the eyes. The nearer one approaches the sq., the place the assistant curator is attending to the pitch, the grass will get thicker and brighter. There are 4 strips of varied hues on the sq.. The one on the acute proper, on which was performed the third T20, is patchy, brown blotches interspersed with skinny grass. On its aspect is a moderately-green one, a grass carpet but not fairly lush and seemingly used. The subsequent is neatly wrapped beneath a tarpaulin sheet.

On the acute left is a deck that’s so inexperienced that it’s indistinguishable from the remainder of the bottom, inexperienced carpets like those that have been rolled out for India on the disastrous tour of 2003. Word has it that it might be the floor for the warm-up recreation between India and New Zealand A. But don’t be fooled by the color, says latest match historical past on this floor. Seddon Park has lately been kinder to batsmen than it has ever been in its historical past.

The final recreation performed right here was a uninteresting draw with the hitherto out-of-touch Joe Root scoring a double hundred. Tom Latham compiled one within the first innings, so did Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor within the second. The Bangladesh and West Indies video games have been one-sided, but one is aware of how implosive their batting items are. Speaking of being implosive, Pakistan misplaced 9 wickets within the last session to lose a Test right here in 2017. In between, there was a rain-affected draw towards South Africa. Seddon Park, although it has been a largely result-producing floor, isn’t a nightmare for batsmen. In truth, it eases out as the sport progresses — a cause the third/fourth innings have bred a number of a whole lot.

Don’t be fooled by the color, says assistant curator Andrew James McMecking, too. He explains the rationale: “It’s generally very humid here, so we leave a lot more grass so that it does not break up, so that there is bounce and pace throughout the game. Also, we use the winter grass (rye grass). This dries out very fast so we struggle to keep the surface green. So we do what we can (to keep the grass as green as possible).” That the current summer season has been the harshest may have been an element.

He says: “We expect the ball to move around a bit.” That could be fairly a transition for the Indian crew from the limited-overs leg to the five-day format.

Typos abound

India-New Zeland T20 match, North District cricket headquarters, Seddon Park pitch, cricket news, indian express, India vs NZ tour match, India tour match, three-day tour match  The honours board at Seddon Park. (Photos: Sandip G)

The away dressing room is a stunning but tiny field, resembling a matchbox from the space. For a whole squad, it might be suffocating. Two massive tables occupy the 2 corners of the room, making the room look tinier. On the wall is the honours board. The record of Test centurions is closely populated by Bangladeshi batsmen. Five entries, 4 batsmen. Mahmadullah would roll the pitch again residence — he has scored two Tests a whole lot and an ODI century right here. So may Rahul Dravid and Asanka Gurusinha, each of whom piled back-to-back centuries. The record of bowlers, too, has an enormous subcontinental presence — 9 of the 15. But there’s an odd identify: Shabbit Ahmed: 43.2-9-117-5. Turns out to be Shabbir Ahmed, a medium pacer whose profession ended after being referred to as for an unlawful motion.More typo: TM Dilsan.

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