In the year 2012, England team was under immense pressure as Virender Sehwag did not just blow away England bowlers in the first Test but also their confidence. He owned the bowlers in the first Test at Ahmedabad. England team did not just lose the match, but also their confidence and self -belief. In the presentation ceremony, The England skipper Alastair Cook pledged to make a comeback in Mumbai Test which he and his team did. The spin twin of Gramme Swann and Monty Panesar toppled the Indian batting line up to tear apart Indian team which forced the home team to cringe in front of visitors.
Taking the lesson from the last shocker, the Indian has sent has apparently demanded a bald pitch for Wankhede Test i.e. the pitch should neither turn nor should have steep bounce. It should be a batting-friendly pitch where batsmen can make merry, the clear intention is to draw the game. Surprised?
Yes, despite Indian team possessing a lead of 2-0 in the series till now, the skipper is not ready for any hiccup ahead as it is the same ground where England team, on their last tour to England came ahead from back and then never looked back as they clinched the series by defeating India in their own den by a margin of 2-1.
Keeping this fact in mind, the Indian team has demanded a bald pitch which should remain a batting friendly track on all the five days making toss ceremony just a formality. A few days back, the same track was in highlight as not just one, we saw two triple centurions in the Ranji game between Delhi and Maharashtra with one player scoring a 250 as well. This is enough to explain that how easy this track is.
On the other hand, the bowlers of both the sides will have a perfect toil as they will have nothing to take from this pitch. So, they have to be ready for a 5-day punishment and should set their mind accordingly.