The term ‘pitches’ no only signify the 22-yard track but also the fortune of the Teams playing on that track.The ICC T20 World Cup (WC) was initially all set to take place in India. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest with respect to the increasing COVID-19 cases in India, it was decided that the T20 WC this time around will not be played in India. Thus, the world cup for the shortest format of the game this time around was finally decided to take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Over the years, UAE has been a superb country to host matches and tournaments. We have seen absolute thrillers over here in the past. However, what about an ICC tournament? Well the T20 WC hasn’t disappointed us so far. The first round of the tournament was hosted in Oman and it was superb to say the least as we saw quite a few thrillers. Besides, the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was conducted over here in the UAE.
The conditions are expected to wear off a bit as well as get better. The three grounds which will be used for the upcoming matches of the 2021 T20 WC are Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
Well! Today we shall be taking a look at -:
How will the pitches of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah behave in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021?
How will the pitch of Dubai play?
Dubai is all set to be the best track for the batters. The wicket is batting-friendly to say the least. It has been the best deck among all the pitches in UAE for the batters. One could expect the average score to be somewhere around 175 this time around. We saw the same in the recently concluded IPL 2021 as teams got to a score of around 170 to 175 on a regular basis. This is probably the one pitch where captains would love to chase a total and not bat first.
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How will the pitch of Abu Dhabi?
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the conditions in Abu Dhabi are topsy turvy. The conditions are more favorable for the bowlers who like to take the pace off. One might see the high scored been chased down as well the relatively small scored being defended.
The conditions are generally excellent for batting but owing to the biggest boundaries among the three venues, the bowlers are also in play. There isn’t much help for spinners here though. This is because they average 33 runs per wicket while the pace bowlers average 29. The presence of a lot of dew in the evening shall tempt captains to bowl first. However, batting first seems a viable option over here.
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How will the pitch of Sharjah play?
Sharjah has been through the most transformations of late. From being a pitch where a total of 220 wasn’t safe to being a pitch where one can even defend 130, Sharjah has seen it all. However, the pitch conditions at Sharjah are now as atrocious as they can get.
The pitch assists spinners, the ball doesn’t come to the bat properly. The conditions become more torrid as and when time proceeds. Thus, it is best to bat first over here and get to a total of 150-160. It gets harder to bat after the powerplay overs and thus, teams need to utilize their powerplay overs. The dimensions of the ground might help the batter though. Thus, Sharjah is one of the mist difficult pitches to master and do well.
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Edited By : Devansh Awasthi