According to reports, the respective pitches at Nagpur's Vidarbha Cricket Stadium and Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla, which will host the second and third Test between India and Sri Lanka, will be ‘green and bouncy’. Reports suggest that the pitch has an ‘even cover’ of grass and is likely to remain unchanged for all five days.
As per the team officials, the pitch will not aid spinners on the first three days of the Test, but will turn as it dries out on the last two days. Fast bowlers are likely to make merry, just like they did on Eden Garden’s green wicket.
Reports also add that India head coach Ravi Shastri and team management spoke to BCCI officials during Australia's tour of India in September, and said that the pitches for the India - Sri Lanka Test series should be an ideal practice for India’s tour to South Africa in January and February 2018.
India drew the first Test against the islanders at Kolkata which was disturbed by intermittent rain and poor light. The latter cost India a win yesterday, with Sri Lanka 7 wickets down when the umpires called it stumps due to poor lighting.
With the help of some fantastic bowling from the Indian quicks, India looked good to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series. But the hosts survived the final session with the help of poor light.
The second Test will be played in Nagpur, Maharashtra from Friday, the 24th of November, while the third is to be hosted at Delhi's iconic Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.
If the nature of the pitch at both the venues is similar to the one at Eden Gardens, India will miss the service of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has excused himself from the remainder of the series due to personal reasons.