Rohit Sharma suggests India could ask for a green field against Australia in the Ahmedabad test

Rohit Sharma has hinted that India could ask for a green field for the fourth Border-Gavaskar Test in Ahmedabad if they win the third test in Indore and seal their place in the World Test Championship final. India, currently leading 2-0 in the four-Test series, need one more win to confirm their place in the WTC Finals, which will be played at The Oval from June 7-11.

Australia are the other favorites to play in the final and Sri Lanka also has a chance on the outside.

In the past, India has made seamer-friendly home pitches in preparation for big trips. In the 2017-18 season, shortly before the South African tour, they played on the greentop at Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka – the seamers scored 32 of the 35 goals scored in the test match.
On Tuesday, Rohit said something similar could happen should India win 3-0 in Indore, setting up a potential WTC final dress rehearsal in pace-friendly conditions in Ahmedabad. However, he added that the choice could prove difficult given that Shardul Thakur, India’s preferred all-round bowling player in overseas terms, is not part of their squad for this series and has not played cricket in over a month. Rohit attended the Öhäkura’s wedding in the interval between the second and third rehearsals.

“There’s definitely a possibility,” Rohit said. “We’ve already talked about it. We also need to prepare the boys for this.

“The Shardul Thakur is important because he comes into this plan for us. I don’t know how ready he is, knowing he just got married. We don’t know how many throws he threw. But yes, that thought process definitely exists. If we do what we’re doing here and get the desired result, we can certainly think about doing something else in Ahmedabad.”

In the Kolkata test against Sri Lanka, the wet weather played as much a role as the pitch, helping India simulate conditions overseas. While India should be able to prepare a green field in Ahmedabad, the weather is expected to be hot and dry, with maximum temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius – in short, nothing like London in June.

But before their thoughts turn to such matters, India has a test match to play in Indore, and Rohit has warned them not to let their thoughts wander too far into the future. Although India won the second test in Delhi by six wickets, they had to work hard for their score – at one point they were 139 for 7, in response to Australia’s total of 263 in the opening rounds. Rohit expected Australia to push India hard again. in Indor.

“It will be a great achievement for us (reaching the WTC final) but we know we have to overcome this last hurdle and on top of that we also have to win the next game so we are focusing on this test of how we can win this game and not looking too far ahead into the future because after this game we have one more test match to play and then there are two months of the IPL,” said Rohit.

“There’s a lot of time to think about the final but now it’s very important that we focus on that and see how we can turn that around and win this game as well because we were under pressure in the last game, we can certainly expect the same here, so we have to be prepared for that.”

Pressed to look ahead to the WTC Final, Rohit said it would be exciting if the two teams playing in it met under neutral conditions.

“It’s going to be a different football game, actually for both teams,” he said. “Actually, I don’t want to talk about the world championship in testing. We’re not there yet. We want to win this game and then talk about it. It will be the right thing.

“But speaking from the outside, I clearly don’t think England will qualify, so both teams that play in the final will be neutral teams. It will be exciting. There is no advantage at home, no advantage of conditions. India has played a lot of cricket in England over the past few years. Australia played a lot of cricket (there). Sri Lanka and South Africa are also in the mix (South Africa is off the bill). They probably played a lot of cricket there too. These will not be foreign conditions as such for both teams that will advance to the final. It will be a good matchup between the two teams, regardless of who those teams are.

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