Rajkot India Sports
When the visitors play Australia in the penultimate match at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, they will complete the three-match series with the chance of their first win over Virat Kohli, led by Team India. The hosts, who are already 1-0 down in the current limited overtime series, will play under do-or-die conditions. While Rajkot has never been a hunting ground for the hosts in the 50-over format, Kohlis and Co have their backs to the wall.
History suggests, however, that they would merely have to inflict a change of character on the ground. One should not misunderstand this as a devilish pitch that only produces when someone wants to go high - and is encouraged to do so. Indian track, which is mostly better known for its dead track, which can be rolled into a turning hammer as needed. Ashwin has nothing against such help and, without the curator's help, can cause enough heartbreak. Jadeja knows how to get there but he's not the only one capable of doing that either.
When my son was 10 he would have loved to be part of his dad's team in the Indian Premier League (IPL). We had a walk to his office through the park, with swings and slides, but inside the game was always exciting. As a teenager, I would work to develop my own at some point, and I still do.
Sometime before the season the incense stick agarbathi was already lit and Rasikbhai and I went to the ground to do the pooja on the pitch, as we have been doing for some time now. We would wear the same clothes as our teammates and walk down the 22-yard strip.
I was more accurate and I was able to land the ball at a point of consistency, "Jadeja said, recalling how he consistently got three or four wickets and scored five or more in most innings. As a first-class spinner, there is a lot of talk about how to exploit the natural wear and tear of the surface, but my son Rasikbhai knew for himself when the thin cracks in the Rajkot pitch would become an eternal - mutant - rough. It has a flat, fast trajectory so that as an off-spinner you have to throw a ball at him that takes advantage of the roughs.
We soaked it in 2mm depth and waited for the magic potion to do its part, but after two days the area was soft. The one or two boots that were pressed into him on the first day would be so heavy that we would have a decent rough patch to target.
Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara were the only two England players who would doubtless have thought of that, or even been annoyed by it. Rasik Makwana, 67, has been nurturing the course here for more than five decades and is surely one of the most experienced and experienced pitch rangers in the country. The Indians came and someone in the team management would have said a word or two to Rasheed.
He is also the man who may be the reason behind the Indian cricket board's decision to move the Ranji matches to neutral venues this year. He has been hankering for an India-Pakistan game for some time and it looked like it might become a reality last season. Finally, the connection between Indo and Pak went to Dharamshala, but not for long, at least not in the short term.
He was in the new stadium to oversee the opening match of the Cooch Behar tournament between India and Sri Lanka last year. He was at the old stadium for the first time to see the action in the new stadium and was impressed.
Rohit Sharma's 65-run innings was in vain as the Proteas outplayed the hosts to finish the third ODI with 18 runs. Morne Morkel claimed the Man of Match award after he reduced the Men in Blue to 252 for six in 50 overs, chasing a 271-run target. Alastair Cook and Ian Bell scored for England, who had the highest score of all time in their first two matches against South Africa. The team, led by MS Dhoni at the time, managed just nine runs in their last match against Sri Lanka at the old stadium.
He seemed destined to be the brother of the ground staff until one day a senior official from the Saurashtra Cricket Association intervened. He was beaten up by his brother, but he was intervened by a younger family member and his father.
His son Kamlesh was somewhere between the square leg and the viewing, and he did his share of the dance without stumbling. For some reason I was eyeing a video of Michael Jackson with his crotch And I read the lines, but I stumbled.