Nottingham: Lee Fortis, the chief groundsman at the Oval Cricket Ground was a busy man over the weekend. Fortis, 34, was busy preparing for the India-Australia World Cup clash.
And with spells of rain in the forecast, Fortis and his 25-man strong team were working their socks off to make sure the ground was in perfect condition for the high-octane clash.
Thankfully, the weather played no part as India outclassed the Australians to record the famous win.
After the win, Fortis, however-had a funny thing to say about the English weather. “English weather and English girls are just the same, fickle to the extreme.” joked the Yorkshireman.
“It was such a dry summer in 2018, that we had to water the ground twice as we normally do,” he recalls.
“But the weather can change in a matter of minutes, halting play for hours!.” Unfortunately, he’s been proven right.
Met department pitches in
The Cricket World Cup is set for an uncertain week as rain continues to strike large parts of the UK. Last week, Pakistan-Sri Lanka match was abandoned before a ball was bowled last week while several other games have been delayed, shortened or disrupted throughout the tournament so far.
The Indian cricket team’s scheduled training session at Trent Bridge was canceled on account of rain in Nottingham, where they are due to play New Zealand on Thursday.
A washout wouldn’t harm either side’s semifinal prospects greatly, and for New Zealand, it might even be a good thing as they sit atop the table with three wins from three and a healthy net run rate of +2.16.
India have won six of their last eight one-day internationals against New Zealand, including a dominant 4-1 series victory during the home summer.
They started this tournament with a rush, too, and were impressive in beating Australia by 36 runs at The Oval.
The Kiwis need three more wins from their remaining six matches to be assured of a semifinal spot, but if they were to pick up a point as underdogs against India then two more wins from their last five should be enough to progress.
Indian team cancels practice
India landed in Nottingham On Monday, only to be greeted by overcast conditions and wet weather.
The Indian team was scheduled to have a practice session from 2 pm to 5 pm local time on Tuesday, but the official word came in from the management at that rain had forced training to be cancelled.
Wednesday’s only World Cup match is between Australia and Pakistan in Taunton, where the prediction is for 90 percent rainfall.
According to the BCC’s weather channel, Sunday’s blockbuster match in Manchester—where India take on arch-rivals Pakistan is likely to be hampered by rain.
England and rain are two inseparable things, but the cricket fans will be hoping for a status quo.