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Dravid sizes up Eden pitch


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Kolkata, Nov 3: The Indian team bus left for hotel from airport but head coach Rahul Dravid and his coaching staff took a detour to Eden Gardens on Friday to get a first-hand look of the track allocated for Sunday’s World Cup game against South Africa.
It is expected to be a batting belter but the kind of pace attack the Indian team has at its disposal, even the best of batting tracks can turn into a pacer’s paradise.
It’s a classic Dravid trait and in most cities, the head coach will find some time to get a feel of the 22-yard strip upon arrival. The entire outfield sans two tracks were under cover as the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) didn’t want to take a risk with forecast of unseasonal showers in next two days.
Dravid was there for around 15 minutes and had a look at the designated strip along with BCCI’s head of grounds and pitches committee, Ashish Bhowmick, and local curator Sujan Mukherjee.While the average score at Eden has been around 215 plus during the two World Cup games, the legacy ground is known for producing good batting strip with reasonable help for seam bowlers.“The head coach seemed satisfied with the track. We have produced good wickets at Eden. The batters will get value for their shots. CAB curator Mukherjee told PTI. (PTI)

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