The low and slow wicket at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur became the talking point as the first Test between India and New Zealand ended in a draw.
But contrary to reports, the Wankhede Stadium wicket for the second Test would not be a ‘green top’.
Due to incessant rain, neither India nor New Zealand could look at the surface. But on Tuesday, a team of groundsmen, under the supervision of BCCI chief curator Ashish Bhowmick, specifically attended the good-length spots at both ends. The groundsmen shaved off a good amount of grass to ensure a ‘competitive’ wicket. They also roughed up the surface using a brush.
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While Wednesday’s rain did hamper the pitch preparation, the wicket is expected to initially help the fast bowlers, with spinners coming into play from the second day.
Mumbai is hosting a Test match after five years. The last time it hosted an international fixture was in December 2019, when the West Indies travelled to India for a limited-overs series. With the Maharashtra government imposing newer curbs in the wake of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, only 25 per cent crowd capacity has been allowed for the match.