Poor weather in Kolkata to influence the Eden wicket, says curator

Yuzvendra Chahal India

Yuzvendra Chahal

Indian cricket team's could not hold a pratice session while Australia had to use the the indoor facility at Kolkata's Eden Gardens stadium on Tuesday ahead of 2 one day worldwide of the 5-match series.

Skipper Virat Kohli today said Hardik Pandya's blistering half-century at a crucial stage was the game-changer for India in the first ODI of the five-match series against Australia, here.

The Eden Gardens strip which was relaid a year ago surprised everyone with its pace and bounce during the India-New Zealand Test match last September and even the ODI between the hosts and England this January.

Former Australia captain Clarke hailed Smith and Virat Kohli as the best two batsmen in the world following India's victory in the first ODI on Sunday, but added "I also think his captaincy is now being challenged".

"It's something you learn as you play. It's pretty exciting to play my 100th game tomorrow". There was remarkable seam movement for the white ball when England and India played each other in the most recent ODI at this ground. "I've been batting at No 3 now for a while now", Smith said when asked about his feelings ahead of milestone match.

Which is an extraordinary statistic given, as was the case in Test cricket, Smith started his ODI career as a bowler.

"MS is an important wicket and we need to get him early".

"Probably my most memorable innings would be the hundred I scored against India at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) in the (ICC World Cup 2015) semi-final." the right-hander said on Wednesday.

Rohit and Eden have a special relationship and the last time India won at the venue, Rohit shattered the ODI record books in 2014. I'm not in a bad place with my captaincy.

"Yeah, obviously we got ourselves into a good position". You can never be satisfied. (We) got to come back hard in a couple of days' time.

Meanwhile, IMD Kolkata director Ganesh Das has said that there are still chances of a downpour on the matchday. It's been about topping up as much as we can indoors and getting a few things right there.

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