'Even the curator is confused': Rohit Sharma takes digs at New York pitch ahead of IND vs PAK World Cup clash


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Rohit Sharma (left) and Rahul Dravid chat during a practice session.  (PTI/BCCI)

Rohit Sharma (left) and Rahul Dravid chat during a practice session. (PTI/BCCI)

India captain Rohit Sharma said his team doesn't really know what to expect on the pitch at the Nassau County Cricket Stadium as they perform differently on different days.

Having been a victim of the uneven bounce, Rohit Sharma is aware of the unpredictable nature of the playing field set up at the Nassau County Cricket Stadium for the 2024 T20 World Cup. A blow he received on the arm during the match India's tournament opener against Ireland held at the venue, forced him to retire injured after scoring a fine half-century.

Now, ahead of India's much-anticipated contest against old rivals Pakistan, Rohit says the ground continues to be a mystery even though they have played two matches there (warm-up against Bangladesh and opening against Ireland).

“New York is not our homeland. We have played two matches here but we are not very aware of its nature. He behaves differently on different days, so even the curator is confused,” Rohit said on Saturday.

“So you can imagine the kind of thinking we have to put in. We don't know on which pitch we are playing (against Pakistan), so whoever plays better cricket will win the match,” he said. added.

Read also: How New York's pitch is fixed before the IND-PAK WC match

Not just the pitch, but even the slow pace of the outfield left Rohit confused.

“The outfield is slow. Some shots bounce a lot on the court, while others don't roll on the court. So it is important to run between the wickets. We have to play according to the conditions,” Rohit said.

Besides Rohit, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant also suffered several blows to his body against Ireland.

Rohit says the conditions may be tough, but that's where the experience of his players will keep the team in a good position.

“Playing good cricket is the key, not the opposition, not the pitch. Yes, it's hard but that's why I would like to highlight the experience we have. The shots don’t count for anything,” he said.

“When we play in countries like South Africa and Australia, we have to overcome challenges. Gabba Test is a good example. We thrive in these difficult times. It's the World Cup so nothing can be bigger than that. The blows can be secondary and the cause of the team comes first,” he added.

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