Toss is playing a significant part in cricket in recent times, and this has been evident over the entire course of the T20 World Cup and the two T20Is that were played between India and New Zealand. The team who won the toss also won the match. This is when the question arises, wasn’t Toss supposed to be a formality for teams to decide who will bat first?
Well, it might have been the case when games were played during the daytime. When you play the game in the tropically humid conditions of Asia and the subcontinent, the due factor plays a vital role in deciding the game. Hence the toss in recent times has become more than just a decider of who does what, but also the match as a whole. And it will continue to be at Eden Gardens, where India and New Zealand will play their final T20I.
After clinching the series by winning the first two matches, India will be eyeing a clean sweep. On the contrary, New Zealand will take the field for pride and try their best to make sure that White Wash is not completed. To do so, they will have to bring their A-game and, yes, some luck too.
Devang Gandhi, a former Indian player, and selector has made it clear that “dew will definitely be a factor at the Eden Gardens too and therefore the toss becomes crucial,” he told TNN. Although he further said that the pitch would favor both the type of bowlers, pacers will find swing, and spinners will get to turn. Still, the result might once again boil down to who wins the toss.
Eden Gardens will host the first international match in almost two years, so a jam-packed crowd is expected. The crowd will go wild when their homeboy Sourav Ganguly rings the iconic bell to get the match underway.