India cant use dew factor as an excuse for Mohali ODI loss: Madan Lal

Mar 12 2019 10:33AM

Former India all-rounder Madan Lal said the Men in Blue should accept their failure rather than blame dew for the loss to Australia in the Mohali ODI.

On Sunday, during the Australian run-chase, the Indian fielders were seen vigorously rubbing the ball with a towel as they looked to keep it dry. The amount of dew that was present on the outfield rendered the spinners ineffective. Soon after the match, captain Virat Kohli and opener Shikhar Dhawan, whose 16th century went in vain, said that dew was a major factor.

However, Madan Lal thinks otherwise. Australia were 2 for 13 and they managed to chase the mammoth total, he told Mail Today. When you score 358, you expect to win the game. Dew came later, so you cant completely use that as an excuse. In my opinion, it just played a five per cent role. The bowlers leaked a lot of runs.

According to the Met department, Western Disturbance is likely to approach the hills of North India around March 13 and rains are expected to commence over Delhi, which is hosting the deciding ODI on Wednesday.

But a Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) official on condition of anonymity told Mail Today that dew causing trouble for the team bowling second is far less at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium.

Well, dew may have played a role in Mohali but here in Delhi I dont think so, the official said. The pitch should be great for the batsmen and the team chasing should have the advantage as it will safeguard them from dew as well if it comes down. The temperature is rising in Delhi and dew may not have any impact now.

The last ODI played at the Kotla was back in 2016 but the venue also hosted a T20 game in 2017 which India won batting first against New Zealand. If one goes by records, batting first has been a safe option at the Kotla. The slow nature of the track has never really changed in the capital and Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and even Kedar Jadhav could get help from the surface.

On Monday evening, it rained in a few parts of Delhi, though enthusiasm for the final match is high. After losing the T20 series to Australia, India did well to win the first two ODIs, before the Aussies bounced back. There is a lot at stake for both the teams in the decider, with pride being the biggest factor. Skipper Kohli hails from Delhi as does the man under scrutiny, Rishabh Pant.

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