- Nitin Srivastava
- BBC correspondent from Perth, Australia
- India beat Pakistan and the Netherlands in the T20 World Cup Super-12.
- With two wins, India top the Group 2 standings with four points
- India’s third game against South Africa will take place in Perth on Sunday.
- India’s toughest Super 12 game with South Africa
- In Super 12, India must face Bangladesh and Zimbabwe after South Africa.
India are due to face South Africa on Sunday in the T20 Cricket World Cup taking place in Australia.
The Indian team will play their third match of the tournament in Perth, but the famous ‘WACA’ stadium Perth is known for will not take place there. This match will take place at Perth Stadium near ‘Waka’, also known as ‘Optus’.
By the way, in this stadium in 2018 the Indian team played a test match against the Australian hosts, where India was beaten by 146 points. Zimbabwe beat Pakistan by one point on the same ground two days ago.
Now the question arises on which ground the Indian team can perform better.
The problem is fast bowling. There are five such bowlers in the South African team, who can throw the ball at 140 km/h whenever they want. The top pair of Kagiso Rabada and Enrich Norae have full support from Lungy Ngidi, Wayne Parnell and Marco Yansen.
Shaun Pollock, the former South African captain and the world’s best fast bowler, told BBC Hindi: “If 75% of the bowling was seen in the match against Bangladesh in Sydney, then South Africa has a great luck in the tournament.”
Now the question is, if this kind of lethal bowling was on WACA’s field, then any batting lineup in the world can sweat.
The WACA Ground in Perth is one of the fastest pitches in the world.
Although the Gabba in Brisbane, the Wanderers in South Africa and the grounds of Kingsmead, Sydney and The Oval have always been favorites of fast bowlers, the WACA ground has always been a fear among batsmen.
Locals refer to the land of Waka as “the furnace”. Especially when the sea winds start blowing sideways in the afternoon.
WACA has always been special to Indian cricket as it was here that the first one-day match was played in 1980, in which India beat New Zealand by five runs. In 2008, India also broke Australia’s record of winning 16 consecutive Test matches by winning the game by 72 points.
Back to Sunday’s game, which will be held at Perth Stadium or ‘Optus’, not WACA. Questions have always been raised on the pitch here, if he can look like WACA.
Christina Mathews, the chief officer of the Western Australia Cricket Authority, assured cricket fans that there is no difference between the wicket and the WACA wicket here.
A field staff who works at the stadium said on condition of anonymity: “After years of hard work, we have created a wicket just like WACA, which is perfect for fast bowlers. It’s called a throwing and bouncing. good too”.
By the way Perth stadium ground is also known as wicket at bat and in the 20-20 format the first striker average is 157 runs and in the second inning the batting average stick is 154 points.
But the new stadium is bigger than WACA overall. There may be around 70,000 spectators to watch the game, but it is not easy for the batsmen to cross the pitch, as the size of the pitch is the same as that of the “MCG” in Melbourne.
Veteran cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle told BBC Hindi: “I can’t see the difference between the WACA and the Perth stadium ground. If there’s even a slight cloud and the wind is blowing, any bowler is sure to benefit here.”
Keeping that in mind, India coach Rahul Dravid will also bet on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. Shami won six wickets in one leg of his test match played here. Both bowlers were getting a good swing last game in Sydney and the damage to their rhythm can be seen on the Perth pitch.
More headaches will be at bat, as the Indian batsmen will need to retire at least 16 overs from South Africa’s fast bowling. In the first game against Pakistan, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul fell victim to fast bowling at the start.
Although Rohit Sharma’s form is showing some return in Sydney, but Rahul will have to avoid losing wickets on rising fastballs. In his last test match at this court, Rahul scored 2 runs in the first set and 0 in the second set.
If we talk about T20 games, there have been five games in the history of Perth Stadium and no team in Asia has won. In the last match, it was here that Zimbabwe beat Pakistan by one point.