Updated June 8th, 2024 at 23:16 IST

'Even the curator is confused': Rohit says India must outplay PAK on the unpredictable Nassau pitch

India captain Rohit Sharma weighs in on the Nassau County International Stadium pitch ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024 match against Pakistan.

Rohit Sharma | Image:bcci
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Still puzzled by the unpredictable pitch at Nassau County ground, India captain Rohit Sharma admitted on Saturday that he has no idea what to expect from it in the upcoming T20 World Cup clash against Pakistan. Even the curator is "confused" about the drop-in wickets being used here, he noted.

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Baffled by Nassau County pitch Rohit Sharma says playing better than Pakistan will be the only resort to secure a win in the World Cup match

Matches in New York have been characterized by low scores, including India's first match against Ireland, where the latter was bowled out for under 100 runs. The ICC had to issue a statement acknowledging the inconsistent nature of the tracks.

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"New York is not our home ground. We have played two matches here but we don't have much awareness about its nature. It behaves differently on different days, so even the curator is confused," Rohit said on the eve of the game against Pakistan.

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"So, you can imagine the kind of thinking we need to put in. We don't know on which pitch we are playing (against Pakistan), so, whoever plays better cricket will win the match," he added.

The slowness of the outfield, Rohit said, has compounded the worries.
"The outfield is slow. Some shots get lot of bounce on the field, and some others do not roll on the field. So running between the wickets is important. We need to play as per conditions," he explained.

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However, the skipper emphasized that such external factors can be mitigated by playing good cricket, noting that his teammates often excel in challenging situations. Additionally, the Indian team will be the more confident unit, given that Pakistan is coming off a surprising loss to tournament debutants USA in their opening match.

"Playing good cricket holds the key, not opposition, not pitch. Yes, it's tough but that's why I would like to highlight the experience we have. The blows count for nothing," said Rohit, referring to the hits he and Rishabh Pant took in their tournament-opener against Ireland due to the uneven bounce.

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Published June 8th, 2024 at 23:16 IST