Weather conditions in Manchester: Harbhajan Singh talks about weather and ground condition presently at Old Trafford ahead of Ind vs Pak game
Probably the first time ever perhaps, instead of discussing, debating and analyzing the possible strategies, team combinations, and the key players to watch out for, before an India vs Pakistan clash, it the weather conditions that have been sending in the negative vibes to the Cricket fans of these two countries.
All the people, from the Tea-seller near a popular crossroad, to the Cricket Experts sitting under an air conditioner are busy discussing the possible chances of rain playing spoilsport during tomorrow’s high-octane clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan at the Old Trafford Ground in Manchester.
While the weather forecasts were not promising at all, the Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who is currently in Manchester, has come up with further bad news for the fans and every other person who is keeping a close eye on tomorrow’s game.
What has Harbhajan Singh commented from Manchester?
The Turbanator, has unfortunately come up with some really unpromising news from the Old Trafford Ground, as he reports the turn of event directly from the spot.
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At the moment (that is during daytime there at Old Trafford) there has been a heavy downpour of rain, so much so that half the ground is already wet at the moment. The major cause of concern however, as per Harbhajan is the present condition of the Old Trafford Ground, more than the rain itself.
As per the off-spinner, who is also a part of the broadcast team of the World Cup, had hit the ground on Saturday morning, only to find the surface to be absolutely wet.
“It is not a sand-based ground”- Harbhajan
Although the entire pitch along with the run-up is entirely covered, the nature of the Old Traffford surface is the major deterrant that might act as a roadblock in tomorrow’s match.
“Rather than being soil-based, the Old Trafford ground has a sandy surface, or rather is sand-based”, exclaimed Harbhajan while expressing his views on the condition of the ground.
As per him, the sand-based nature of the surface, does not quickly allow the water to seep down underneath quickly. “Even if the water percolates down, the wet nature of the soil would take a significant amount of time to dry up, making it really difficult to start the match on time”, said the 39-year-old.
Thus, if it continues to rain throughout night-time, chances of even the commencement of the match would be really bleak, commented Harbhajan.
It is worth mentioning, that one-side of the entire ground has been significantly wet, and bright Halogen lights are been used to dry up the surface.
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