Cricket The perfect pitch for the big game

E ven as the big guns of cricket hog the limelight, not many would be aware of the hours of hard work the 15-member ground staff, headed by chief curator, Y. L. Chandrasekhar, put in to ensure a true wicket.

Chandu and his team have been given ‘clear instructions' to prepare a sporting wicket which should produce a decisive result when India takes on New Zealand in the second Test at the Uppal Stadium, Hyderabad from November 12. “India, being the No. 1 team doesn't want to settle for tame draws against New Zealand,” said an official. Interestingly, curator Chandrasekhar, who will also be making his Test debut, was ready with the option of choosing one of the two wickets that will be ready for the first-ever Test at this venue. “Generally, the intention is to ensure that the ball comes on to the bat. But, we promise to hand over a quality track after the perfect blend of black and red soil,” asserts Chandu, as he is more popularly known. Remember, he was widely acknowledged for producing one of the best wickets for the Champions League T-20 matches last winter.Chandu insists that he is getting vital inputs from BCCI vice-president N. Shivlal Yadav, former left-arm spinner S. L. Venkatapathi Raju and, Hyderabad Cricket boss Arshad Ayub.