It has been raining in Indore for nearly two weeks and as a result, the outfield is wet and the pitch is under covers in the Holkar Stadium. Over 30 curators and 50 labourers are working day in and out to improve the conditions, so that the match can take place smoothly.
Just two days before the 3rd ODI at Indore, around 80 curators and workers from various districts are trying to fight against the heavy 2-week long downpour in Indore to make the 3rd ODI a possibility.
"Bahut tension hai, neend nahi aati Thoda time mil jaye bus. (There is lot of tension, sleepless too, hope we get some time),” said the curator Samundar Singh Chauhan to PTI.
"We are praying here for past few days. I need few hours of sunshine and no rain. I promise you match will happen. There are 80 odd boys who are working day in and out. There are sweepers who have been called so that water is not logged. The entire outfield is cover We have called curators from nearby clubs and local districts. By this they will learn also. I need sun shine for few hours so that outfield can be dry.” Samundar said.
Meanwhile, the local Madhya Pradesh Cricket association has been showing their transparent functioning by themselves standing in queues to buy tickets. A large signed board hanging outside Holkar Stadium states that it is going to be a full house on September 25 and in fact, tickets were sold in just a few hours, with the queue being more than two kilometers long.
Last year, it was a full house during India vs New Zealand.
Even after the sharp spell of rain, the curator expects the weather to be clear on the day of the match.
“We are in touch with the Met department. It will be cloudy on Saturday and there will be clear skies on Sunday. However, there is a threat of a short, passing shower,” Singh said.
In another interesting quirk to the match, the Indian team prefers the dressing room named after former captain Rahul Dravid. “It’s a superstition,” a local scribe says. India has never lost an ODI in this city. The curators, however, were unclear if the dressing room effect will extend to nature playing spoilsport.
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