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Indian batters await a featherbed

Steve Nettleton | January 16, 2007, 7:33 PM IST

Nagpur: India have eight matches at home coming up to get their form back ahead of the World Cup.

The first of those games is in Nagpur on Sunday against the West Indies, and India couldn't have asked for a better setting.

When it comes to preparing a batting paradise, especially for One-Day cricket, the ground staff at Nagpur are past masters. And Kishore Pradhan, who is the curator at the Vidarbha Cricket Association is promising a run feast come Sunday.

"Batting ke liye banaya hai, minimum ghaas rakha hai, aur humne carry fire ghumake, neeche-neeche tak ja ke ghaas nikaal diye hain. To batting ke liye achha khelne ko hai (We have made the pitch for batting. And with very little grass it will be a perfect batting track)," Pradhan says.

There have been four totals of 300 or more in the 12 One-Dayers played in Nagpur so far, and the Indian batting order couldn't have asked for a better setting to regain that elusive batting form they so desperately have been searching for.

"Yeh One-Day hai, aur apne batsmen bhi jo hain, woh below confidence chal rahe hain. Unko bhi agar confidence mil gaya, to India ke liye achha hi hai (This is an ODI and it will give a lot of confidence to our out of form batsmen)," Pradhan adds.

With West Indies ruling the roost in the previous encounters, the Indians will leave no stones unturned to hunt the Caribbeans in this home series. And the VCA ground at Nagpur is giving Team India that added advantage.

Grass has been taken off the wicket, providing the Indian batsmen a perfect platform to start scoring runs and get back their confidence before the World Cup.

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