With under 24 hours to go for arguably the biggest Test clash of the year, where India host the mighty Australians at home. The first Test is slated to take place at Pune, and the pitch has emerged as the centre of attraction. The Indians know the Pune pitch, which is historically a slow and low pitch. Even, Virat Kohli has said that this is a typical Indian wicket. A typical Indian wicket basically means it is going to aide the spinners, but hello, Australians also have spinners who performed reasonably well against India A in the 3-day war-up game.
So, ahead of the game it was time for the key strategists to chalk out a plan for Team India. And, who better than ex ace spinner and now coach Anil Kumble and a good student of the game, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar to have an inspection of the pitch. The duo were on the ground, early today morning to have a close look at what is on offer. In the pictures, one can see Kumble and Bangar deep in discussion, in another picture, Bangar is taking stance, in the third picture from the album, Kumble is on the pitch looking at the areas that could be of concern with Bangar on his side. In the last picture, Kumble touches the pitch to understand the hardness of the pitch and figure out by when can it start turning.
It is a four-Test series and an exhausting on at that, considering it is Australia, hence how wisely he uses his ammunition’s will be of high interest.