Mumbai: The track for the November 14-18 second and final Test between India and the West Indies here is expected to behave in a fashion similar to the one on which the two teams fought out a thrilling draw two years ago, according to the Wankhede Stadium ground curator Sudhir Naik.
"It will not be a square turner like the one against England last year but will resemble the one against the West Indies of 2011, a slow turner with some bounce," said former Test opener Naik Saturday. In November, 2011, India were 242 for 9 while chasing the victory target of 243 to complete a clean sweep of the three-match series against the West Indies and had to be satisfied with a 2-0 winning margin.
"We had started our preparations four days ago," said Naik ahead of what is to be senior cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's farewell and landmark 200th Test in front of his home crowd that is set to include his mother. Tendulkar had missed completing his 100th hundred by a mere 6 runs in the 2011 Test between the same opponents before achieving the feat in the Asia Cup in Dhaka in March, 2012.
On Saturday the Wankhede track sported a tinge of green but it was learned that the 4mm tall grass will be trimmed further before the start of the game. The pitch prepared for the previous India-Windies Test here had evoked a strong reaction from Indian offspinner and Man of the Match R Ashwin who criticised it for its slowness and lack of bounce.
Ashwin took 9 wickets and hit a century in the match. Meanwhile, the two teams were set to arrive here this evening. West Indies, who lost the opening match of the series inside three days in Kolkata, are to start their preparations with a net session scheduled Sunday morning.
"West Indies are to practice tomorrow morning. There won't be any practice on November 11 as both teams would be in MCA's Kandivli facility (for the felicitation of Tendulkar by his parent association). Both teams would practise on November 12 and 13," MCA sources said.