Ahead of the match, India’s middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer opined on one of the reasons behind the visitor’s loss in the series.
He reckoned that the Australian conditions are completely different from the pitches of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where the cricketers had featured in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020).
Shreyas Iyer also revealed that the grounds that were given to Indian team for training in Australia were completely different from the wickets of the stadiums in which the games are being played.
Notably, the Indian team was granted special permissions on the request of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by the New South Wales government to train at the Blacktown International Sports Park while they were completing their 14-day mandatory quarantine period.
“We had just arrived from Dubai. In Dubai, there was not as much bounce as it is in Australia. And where we were practicing that was a very different wicket than from the one in the match — it was a completely different wicket,” said Iyer during a media interaction a day ahead of the third and final ODI to be played at the Manuka Oval.
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“Getting acclimatised to conditions as a batsman takes some amount of time. It is like a challenge. You have to adjust as quickly as possible, irrespective of the conditions and atmosphere in the ground,” he added.
“Quarantine was really tough when we came in. Staying in the room for 14 days and only going for practice and coming back. At the same time we are professionals and are getting some games to play, so we can’t complain,” added Iyer.
Speaking about surviving the 14-day quarantine period in Australia, Shreyas Iyer asserted that it was mentally exhausting to be locked in the room and just come out for the practice.
(Input from CricTracker)