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Bengal hit high notes ahead of home match

30th October 2017
Eden Gardens has always been known to facilitate the batsmen and bowlers alike. CAB media team takes a peek into the groundwork as the Bengal senior team goes firing on all cylinders during their build-up at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, here today.
The Bengal team today matched steps to the rhythm of football warming up before the practise session kicked in. With the confirmation of the selection committee regarding the playing 17 remaining unmarked and intact, Bengal bowlers underwent stringent practise with Md Shami, Asoke Dinda, Anustup Majumdar, Aamir Gani and B. Amit bending their backs.
"Bowlers know where to bowl and the batsmen know that it is going to be challenging but are adapting themselves to the condition. Good news is that we'll have Mohammed Shami and Asoke Dinda playing in the team and it is going to be comparatively easier to bat in the middle when the Himachal bowlers will be bowling us," said bowling coach Ranadeb Bose when asked about the emphasis that is being put after the bowling.
The team has been practising for three days but the whole of the Bengal battalion practiced hard at the nets under overcast conditions today. With the season making its way in with Ranji Trophy, a green top on the pitch will facilitate the seamers to bowl both defensive as well as attacking lengths.
"The good thing about Eden Gardens is you get similar kind of a wicket. Therefore we are practising on a similar kind of a wicket that we can expect to be playing on during our match," added Ranadeb when asked about the condition of the pitch.
After practising in the nets today Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary said, "We have been practising for three days on this pitch and there is a nice grass cover on it and it currently has a bit of moisture in it as well. It is a seamer friendly pitch in the first place. Our bowlers have been training hard in the nets and in a home match our objective is to pick up twenty wickets at the earliest and the bowlers be provided the maximum advantage. The wicket has a lot of swing and the ball is bound to seam and given the amount of moisture present the variations will be much more with the deliveries coming abruptly and rising from the rough. The practice pitch has been similarly adapted like the main pitch and the batsmen have been practising and gearing up for the same."

Saptaswa Mukerjee