Kotla will do its bit to help India sweep the Aussies 4-0
Posted on: 10:15 AM IST Mar 20, 2013
New Delhi: With the Australians crumbling under pressure both on and off the field during their tour of India, at 3-0, the Feroz Shah Kotla track will provide MS Dhoni the most opportune setting to send Michael Clarke & Co back whitewashed.
Year 2009 was unforgettable for Delhi's only Test venue, and not a lot has changed since then in terms of slowness of the dry pitch that is renowned to stay low and crumble as the game progresses - which is exactly the recipe India have dished out to the visitors in this series.
The fourth Test at the Kotla was initially scheduled to be the series opener, but for some reason the BCCI re-scheduled it to be the last, and with the Delhi summer settling in, the Kotla track should be nice and dry for India to spin another web around the Australians and celebrate a historic 4-0 triumph.
The ground staff has shaved off all the grass from the surface, presumably at the behest of Indian team management, and with the temperatures in Delhi expected to soar during the Test match, the cracks may widen - bringing Indian spinners into play.
The pitch here at Kotla is renowned for its sluggish nature and if it plays as is expected, the lack of bounce and pace off the track will make it tough for Australia to last five days. Thus, it will be ideal for India to bat if they win the toss and consume the first two batting-friendly days.