India vs New Zealand: Indian team management want grass pruned at Eden Gardens for 2nd Test

IANS, Sep, 28 2016

Kolkata: Even as India's head coach Anil Kumble claimed that the team had no worries over the Eden Gardens wicket for the second Test against New Zealand beginning on Friday, the team management on Wednesday approached the local authorities for heavy pruning of the grass.

It was learnt that a senior team official made the request to a top official of the local organisers, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

Earlier Kumble had told the media that the hosts had the squad to adapt to every condition.

Kolkata's Eden Gardens will host the second Test between India and New Zealand. Reuters

Kolkata's Eden Gardens will host the second Test between India and New Zealand. Reuters

Kumble, who entered the media conference soon after reaching the stadium, exuded confidence that the Eden track would be good.

"I've already said that we have the squad to encounter any challenge and adapt to whatever conditions we get. We are not really worried too much about the pitch. We have all our bases covered," said the cricket legend.

The Indian team held a two-hour net session at the iconic venue in the afternoon. R Ashwin, the hero of the first Test of the series, was absent from the optional practice session along with Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammad Shami.

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Wriddhiman Saha, Amit Mishra and Ajinkya Rahane all batted at the nets.

Kohli, who had a bad outing in the first Test, was seen going to the pitch of the ball trying to gauge the bounce in the wicket. He batted for quite some time.

Also practising with the Test squad were ODI hopefuls — chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and pacer Barinder Sran, who joined the team from the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

Published Date: Sep 28, 2016 | Updated Date: Sep 28, 2016

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1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115