Former Sri Lankan captain and batting great Mahela Jayawardene feels that the upcoming ICC World T20 in India will have decent pitches and the overall nature of the wickets will be very sportive. Currently in Australia, participating in the Big Bash League, Jayawardene stated that being an ICC event, the World T20 was bound to have good sporting wickets that would assist the seamers as well as the spinners.
“A lot of people do emphasise on spin but if you get good wickets it’s not that bad,” Jayawardene said. “The quick bowlers also have a lot of good variations going into the subcontinent conditions so you need to handle all that overall, not just put an emphasis on spin. If you get a good ball you play it the way it is and if you get a bad ball you take it on.”
The elegant right hander also advised the pacers to have a few variations up their sleeves in order to adapt to the conditions. “The quicks will have a lot of variations so you will need to adapt your game plan and assess the conditions – that’s quite important. And you get smaller grounds as well, so it’s about keeping your shape and playing your shots,” he said.
On being quizzed about the effectiveness of Australian spinners in India, Jayawardene stated that it was difficult to predict, as their performance in India would vary greatly owing to the nature of pitches “The conditions are going to be quite different so it’s quite hard to judge the way you play spin here and how you’re going to play it in the subcontinent,” he said.
“Once you go out there you need to be fearless and play good cricket shots and back yourself to do that. Obviously, in a World Cup you will get good wickets, you won’t get really bad wickets, you’ll get good wickets so you just have to be patient and control situations,” Jayawardene concluded.