Rain forecast for the opening ODI in Kochi

first_imgRevisiting thundershowers after two days retreat is feared to play spoilsport in the Sunday’s One-Day International between India and Australia in Kochi. Dispiriting hosts Kerala Cricket Association (KCA), the heavy downpour that lashed Kerala since Friday morning drenched the pitch despite the ground staff’s best efforts to keep it dry.While men and machines are working extra time to drain the water from the newly laid pitch at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, a good portion of the outer pitch is still clogged and soggy. “Our plan was to do final rolling of the outfield on Friday to make the ground ready but now it may happen only Saturday morning,” KCA president TC Mather said.Pushing up the adrenalin of the organisers, weathermen have forecast showers and thundershowers for Kerala till Monday morning. Both teams reached the stadium for a practice session, but returned to Taj Malabar, the hotel in the island off Kochi, after taking a look at the sticky wicket.Rain or shine, ticket sale is going on at a brisk rate. Braving the rains, tens of hundreds of youngsters are making a mad scramble for tickets in front of the stadium counter in Kochi, about 200 kms from here. Since Saturday and Sunday are holidays in Kerala and Karnataka on account of Vijayadashami, cricket buffs are flocking to Kochi from all cities including Bangalore in the region.”We hope rains will have mercy on us,” says Abijith, an IT professional who has come all the way from Bangalore to watch the match.advertisementTrophy unveiledThe trophy for the series was unveiled at a glittering function in Kochi. Designed by Frazer and Haws, in silver with 24 carat gold plating, the trophy was unveiled by Rajiv Rajagopal, CEO of Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel, along with the captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Michael Clarke.”As part of the precautionary measure, spectators’ galleries of the stadium have been thoroughly covered with net,” officials said. A net, stretching 3.25 lakh square feet and covering the entire stadium, including the pitch and spectators’ gallery, has been covered by 1.5mm ultra violet treated polyethylene.Meanwhile, Australian team coach Tim Nielsen has urged supporters not to jump to conclusions following the team’s third successive Test defeat. “The most important thing is not to jump to conclusions. A lot of stuff that’s been talked about at the moment is being led by public opinion from outside the group, and a lot of the time public opinion is a long way from the action,” Nielsen told the Sydney Morning Herald.”They don’t necessarily have an insight into how hard the players are working. We know we can do better, we’re just looking to the Ashes series as an opportunity to show the Australian public that the hard work we’ve put in over the last 12 months is going to reap rewards for us.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *