Bangar: 'Expecting some grass on the pitch'

"We have prepared for different conditions and situations that we can encounter in a match, and we have discussed our plans and execution," said Sanjay Bangar.

Anil Kumble (left) and Sanjay Bangar (right) will have a lot to plan ahead of the first Test.   -  PTI

Sensing that the wicket for the first Test against the West Indies may be left with some grass on it, India batting coach Sanjay Bangar today said that the visiting players were prepared to play on both slow and lively pitches.

With just two days left for the match, the wicket at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium had some fresh grass patches appearing on it.

"We are seeing some grass cover on the pitch now and we won't be surprised if there is some grass left on the pitch when the match begins. We have also prepared keeping in mind that some grassy wickets slow down as the game progresses. So, we are aware of that and have prepared accordingly," said Bangar.

"We have had very good preparation, both in the camp in Bangalore and in the last two practice matches in St. Kitts. I don't remember the last time we had got so much time to prepare for a Test series in the past 2-3 years.

"We have prepared for different conditions and situations that we can encounter in a match, and we have discussed our plans and execution. We have tried to work out all angles possible and the time we have had has been very useful in terms of preparation as well as team bonding," he added.

The batsmen were slightly uncomfortable against spin in the second practice game at St. Kitts. Part-timer Rahkeem Cornwall took five wickets, dismissing the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny and Ravindra Jadeja.

"If a good delivery gets you out, it does not matter whether it is from a spinner or a seamer. We need to accept that and worry about the quality of the delivery instead, whether the ball was a wicket-taking delivery or not. That is something we have discussed. I don't find an inherent weakness against either spin or seamers for any particular batsmen. It is more to do with the kind of deliveries they get," said the batting coach.