Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his arrival on the big stage at this particular venue with a magnificent 148 against Pakistan back in 2005. The pitch here again promises to be a run feast when India take on New Zealand in the first T20 International.
“We have the best outfield in the country. The pitch is full of runs and is prepared keeping the format in mind. We expect a score of around 170,” former India stumper M.S.K. Prasad, who is also the director of operations at Andhra Cricket Association, said.
Citing the example of the last international match against Australia played here, where India chased Australia’s 290 with seven balls to spare, Prasad said, ”It’s always been batting friendly here. It has nicely been rolled and the ball will come nicely on to the bat.”
“Both the teams will look to put up a good score,” Prasad said adding that dew would be there but would not make a “huge difference.” He further said there would be little for the slow bowlers and “It would be the seamers who have to do the task.”
According to ACA, the demand for tickets has been huge and even the tickets with highest denomination of Rs. 3,000 have been sold out. The stadium is going to be packed with a sell-out crowd of 28,000.
The stadium hosted the last match close to two years back in October 2010.
Prasad is keeping his fingers crossed about forecasts of thundershowers. The ACA has taken all precautionary measures and hopes to make the ground ready in two hours in case there’s a downpour.