Pitches in Asia Cup are not helpful for World T20 preparations
Teams participating in the Asia Cup are not satisfied with the green top pitches which are extremely helpful for pace bowlers. India’s skipper MS Dhoni, Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga and Pakistani head coach, Waqar Younis has coined these conditions ‘not helpful’ for World T20 preparations.
There have been six matches played so far in the tournament, but, the highest total by a team till now, is just 166 runs bi India against Bangladesh. Dhoni believes if Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya had not batted brilliantly during that innings, they might have struggled to score 140 runs. Rohit Sharma scored 83 runs in that particular game, other than him, none of the Indian batters could pass the score of 50. The dynamic Virat Kohli fought hard against Pakistan to score 49 runs, chasing down the minimal target of 84. India lost their 5 wickets in the cause.
Dhoni claimed people love to see batsmen scoring boundaries in T20 matches and teams scoring 80s and 100s won’t make them happy. Waqar Younis has endorsed MS Dhoni’s statement saying,
“The wickets have been difficult for the batsmen here. They are not ideal for strokeplay which is the main attraction in T20 games,”
“However, as international sides you need to adapt to different conditions. Unfortunately, our batsmen couldn’t do so against India, but we will have to pull ourselves up.”
Sri Lanka’s slinging fast bowler and the T20 captain, Lasith Malinga also believes that the pitches in the Asia Cup are too favorable for the fast bowlers. He states that there is no balance between the bat and the ball so far in this tournament. People sitting in stands want to witness some outrageous shots being played batsmen. However, so far they have seen the best batsmen struggling against pace bowling and unable to find their feet, which is disappointing.