SA ‘A’ request Ind to play today, Dravid agrees
It has been learnt from sources that South Africa ‘A’ team management requested India A coach Rahul Dravid for a change in schedule as at least six of their players are not fit to take the field against Australia A on Sunday.
Dravid accepted their request and thus India A, instead of playing on Tuesday, will now play tomorrow against the Aussies. The plight of the South African side was understandable when India A team’s 12th man Mandeep Singh came <g data-gr-id="27">in to</g> <g data-gr-id="26">field</g> after Quinton de Kock suffered a hamstring pull.
Even before that South Africa A’s video analyst <g data-gr-id="34">Coertzen</g> was seen fielding in place of left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi, who fell ill. <g data-gr-id="35">Coertzen</g> almost pulled off a miraculous catch in the deep. His effort earned him praise from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, who was on air at that point of time.
There was another interesting development as the boundary ropes were taken <g data-gr-id="28">atleast</g> 10 yards
behind from where they were during the last match between India A and Australia A. It has been learnt that Aussie batsman Joe Burns’ whopping 14 sixes during that match is one of the reasons.
There were <g data-gr-id="31">atleast</g> 4 or 5 such <g data-gr-id="32">sixes</g>, which could have <g data-gr-id="36">been catches</g> if not for the ropes. In fact, Dravid supported the decision to increase the boundary distance during a Tv interview with former India leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan.
“If you see the game, everything is loaded in favour of batsmen. So I am happy that they have increased the distance of boundary ropes and that will also give spinners some chance to fight,” said Dravid during the flash interview.