‘This was a shocker of a wicket’ – Hardik Pandya essential of Lucknow pitch

India’s stand-in captain Hardik Pandya has described the Lucknow pitch as a “shocker” after his facet chased down 100 with only a ball to spare within the second T20I towards New Zealand. The Ekana Stadium observe supplied huge flip all through the sport, very like how the Ranchi pitch did within the first T20I on Friday.

“To be honest, this was a shocker of a wicket,” Hardik advised Star Sports on the post-match presentation. “Two games… the kind of wickets we played on, I don’t mind difficult wickets. I’m all up for that but these wickets are not made for T20 … Other than that, very happy [with the result].”

On Sunday, the spinners bowled 30 out of the 40 overs in a match that produced zero sixes. It is 2 extra overs than the earlier report for many overs bowled by spinners from Full-Member groups in a T20I.

Hardik added that there was a lot taking place off the floor that the batters needed to be fairly circumspect. “It wasn’t that it was a slow, turning wicket,” he stated. “But actually it was carrying through very well and to be honest, it was a shocker of a wicket. We were just playing the ball and seeing whichever the best opportunity or whichever the best position we can get in and made sure we keep rotating the strike.”

Santner: ‘Was looking for spinners from in every single place’

New Zealand captain Mitchell Santner was shocked by the quantity of buy the spinners acquired later within the night. There was a lot help that he squeezed out 4 overs from wicketkeeper-turned-part-time offspinner Glenn Phillips. Mark Chapman, additionally a part-time fingerspinner, pitched in with an over of his personal, as New Zealand dragged the sport right down to the final over, regardless of posting simply 99 for 8.

“It was obviously a great game of cricket,” Santner stated, “To get it so close was a pretty good effort from the boys. If we got an extra 10-15 [runs], it could’ve been the difference, but I think the calmness of Hardik and Surya [Suryakumar Yadav] to get them over the line was pretty good. I was trying to find them [spinners] from everywhere. I was asking Lockie [Ferguson] if he could bowl some offspin but yeah I think you don’t often see more than 12 overs of spin out there. I think maybe we bowled 16 or 17, so it’s definitely something different.”

Gambhir, Neesham additionally essential of Lucknow observe

Speaking on Star Sports, former India batter Gautam Gambhir and New Zealand allrounder James Neesham echoed Hardik’s ideas on the pitch.

“I don’t think the New Zealand batsmen were found wanting,” Neesham stated. “I think that was, like GG [Gautam Gambhir] mentioned, a ‘sub-standard’ surface, I don’t think anyone really played the sort of fluent innings through both innings. So, obviously two very high-quality spin-bowling attacks, but when a good number of people turn up at the ground to watch and want to be entertained, it’s a bit of shame but the silver lining was it ended up being a bit of a low-scoring thriller.”

Bracewell: ‘Quite a lot of wickets around the globe is a constructive factor’

Michael Bracewell, who picked up 1 for 13 in his 4 overs, wasn’t as essential of the Lucknow observe, and reckoned that it wasn’t essentially a foul commercial for T20 cricket.

“No, I think it was cool to play on a different wicket, and as I said earlier, it’s one of those ones where if you play on a wicket like that all the time or if you or if you play on a wicket that’s flat all the time, then you don’t get a true test of your skill,” Bracewell stated at his post-match press convention. “So, I think a variety of wickets around the world is a positive thing and India were just too good today on a wicket that probably suited their style of play and obviously growing up playing in those conditions as well. So, it’s one of those ones where you expect different wickets around the world and we can’t complain; it’s exciting to try and figure out a way to play on these wickets.”

Mhambrey: ‘You should ask curator about behaviour of pitch’

India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey additionally spoke of the challenges posed by the Ekana Stadium floor, and praised his four-man spin assault, which was bolstered by the return of legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

“Firstly when we saw the wicket, we realised that it was on the drier side,” Mhambrey stated at his post-match press convention. “Obviously, there was a little bit of grass covering in the middle, but there was no grass at both the ends. So, when we came yesterday, it looked like it would turn. We realised that it would be a challenging wicket. The reason [why the pitch behaved like that]… you have to ask the curator.

“Was it time? or I do not know and I feel he is the correct individual to reply that query. But yeah positively it was difficult. We knew that it could be an enormous problem and by chance pleased with the way in which we managed the sport. I feel we allowed 100 runs and something past 120-130, I assumed it could have been more difficult however we did nicely to limit them to 99 and provides us an inexpensive goal to chase.”

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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