World Cup 2023: Formidable India will play its 8th match in the World Cup against mighty South Africa at Eden Garden, Kolkata on Sunday (November 5). The Indian team reached Kolkata on Friday evening for the match. After the team reached Kolkata, head coach Rahul Dravid and support staff reached Eden Gardens to inspect the pitch and expressed satisfaction with the pitch.
The pitch has been kept covered in Kolkata due to the forecast of unseasonal rain in the next two days. There has been light drizzle on Friday evening also. Dravid stayed at the stadium for about 20 minutes and during this time BCCI grounds and pitch committee head Ashish Bhowmik and Bengal Cricket Association local curator Sujan Mukherjee were with him.
How the pitch will react?
Mukherjee later said, “Dravid was satisfied with the pitch. We have made a good pitch which will help both the batsmen and the bowlers. It will be good cricket to watch.” Big scores have not been made at Eden Gardens in both the World Cup matches so far, but generally it is a batsmen-friendly pitch on which fast bowlers also get help. Officials believe that if India bat first, it can score a big score on this pitch.
Cricket pundits all over the world are keeping an eye on this World Cup match. In fact, it is believed that at present it is only South Africa’s batting that can challenge the Indian pace attack. If the South African team wins the toss and bats first, then it will be a tough test for the Indian bowlers. Also, a big challenge for South Africa will be to overcome the Indian pace trio Bumrah, Siraj and Shami.
South Africa and India have been the top two most dominant teams so far at the ongoing Cricket World Cup. India remained unbeaten in the mega tournament, while African team conceived only one defeat. Both teams are in super form and favourite two to lift the title. A victory will in the big match will be a morale booster for the Semis.