With just two days away from the second Test, the focus is on the playing surface. Riding high after their big win at Chennai on a turning track, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is expecting a similar type of a spinning track for the second Test against Australia, starting from Saturday at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Uppal.
Dhoni had a long discussion with curator YL Chandrasekhar and had a close look at the wicket. Will there be a turn and bounce like the Chennai pitch? That was the question uppermost in everyone's mind. For many experts here, the wicket should help the Indian spin attack of Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha and Ravindra Jadeja.
On the other hand, the nervous Australians are apprehensive about the wicket. There is already some doubt in their mind about the nature of the wicket. “This wicket will be a good Test wicket. The wicket here is always a good cricket wicket; There is always good pace and bounce for the quicks. It looks like it will turn at some stage,” said Watson.
There could be change in their strategy as Australia have not announced the playing XI two days before the Test as they did in Chennai. According to Watson, the selectors had a chance to look at the wicket. “I am pretty confident that they will make a decision and announce it on Friday,” he added.
The Australians, who trained in the morning, had a long nets session sans the dashing opener David Warner, who is reportedly down with a bout of gastro. On the other hand, the Indian team was in full attendance. Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay batted first with the others following.