With the IPL scheduled to begin tomorrow, the curators are busy at work prepping all four stadiums for the upcoming tournament.
The four locations for this year’s IPL are Wankhede Stadium, Dr DY Patil Stadium, MCA Stadium and Brabourne Stadium.
The three Mumbai pitches have a red soil surface which will assist pacers.
Meanwhile, Pune’s MCA Stadium will be effective for spinners.
The pace and bounce in the red soil will also aid in run-scoring for batsmen.
Wankhede Stadium will again see some high-scoring games this season. So, aggressive batsmen and bowlers will try to capitalize on the pitch as much as possible to dominate each other. Further, dew will also play a factor, especially in night matches.
DY Patil Stadium hasn’t been host to any cricketing action in a decade and thus is being used as a football ground.
Thus, this stadium should be difficult to score at out of all four venues. The ground dimensions are also large in comparison to other stadiums. Teams can expect high-scoring matches here as well.
Mumbai’s third stadium, Brabourne also hasn’t got any T20 games of late. Its dimensions are also bigger than the Wankhede, teams will be using spinners more at this venue.
Finally, coming to the MCA Stadium in Pune which has hosted only a single T20 in the past four years will come to life in this year’s IPL.
Teams will prefer chasing at this ground as it has been revamped in the past few years and looks good as a high-scoring ground.
The black soil pitch will allow spinners to come into play and take wickets in the first two to three overs.