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Expecting better pitches for T20 WC as compared to IPL: Kohli

PTI
Published Oct 23, 2021, 6:26 pm IST
Updated Oct 23, 2021, 6:26 pm IST
Asked if he sees nature of tracks changing, the Indian captain answered in the affirmative
India's captain Virat Kohli gestures to his teammates during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup warm-up match between India and Australia in Dubai on Wednesday. (AP Photo)
 India's captain Virat Kohli gestures to his teammates during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup warm-up match between India and Australia in Dubai on Wednesday. (AP Photo)

Dubai: India captain Virat Kohli expects better pitches for the T20 World Cup as compared to the ones on offer during the recently-concluded IPL where stroke-making became difficult for batters.

Kohli, who led Royal Challengers Bangalore for the last time in the IPL, had plied his trade on all the tracks and feels that the ICC will present the teams with better strips than those during the lucrative T20 league.

 

Asked if he sees nature of tracks changing, the Indian captain answered in the affirmative.

"I believe so. Looking at the IPL final, I believe that quality of pitches definitely is going to be far better in this T20 World Cup," Kohli said on the eve of the big game against Pakistan.

The normal rules for ICC events will also play its part in improved playing conditions. India will play four out of its five group league games in Dubai with the match against Afghanistan being held in Abu Dhabi.

"Also being an ICC tournament, we know that standard of pitches is going to be maintained up to a certain degree which is consistent across all venues.

 

"I knew that to protect the pitches for a tournament like World Cup, there had to be some compromise in playing conditions when we played the IPL. We all understood that and wicket in the IPL final (between CSK and KKR) was very very good," he explained.

Kohli also agreed that dew factor will be prominent as the tournament progresses.

"Dew factor will be prominent as we head into this time of the year in Dubai. That is also going to help the pitches play much better.

"I believe Abu Dhabi and Dubai are going to be best pitches out of all the venues. Sharjah more or less will stay more or less true to its nature, which is slow and low and I don't see myself too many high scoring matches," Kohli said.

 

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