It was the 22 yards that spiced up the otherwise calm India-South Africa series. The square has been the centre of attraction and the Indian team management led by Virat Kohli are leaving no stone unturned to get a track that will suit the home team.
The first thing that Kohli does after walking to the pitch is to touch the 73-year old Daljit Singh's feet.
Veteran curator Daljit has been nurturing the Mohali track for the past 20-odd years and has seen Kohli grow from a young brash cricketer to India's Test captain. And this gesture followed by a warm hug by the Indian skipper has definitely moved the curator.
The last ODI at Wankhede ended on a sour note with Team Director Ravi Shastri allegedly abusing MCA curator Sudhir Naik. But the Indian team management has left bitterness behind as the entire think-tank were spotted involved in animated conversations with the chief curator.
The dice is heavily loaded in India's favour, the South African's are aware when Faf du Plessis admitted that they are expecting spin from day one.
However the official word coming from the Punjab Cricket Association is that it will be a sporting track.
Daljit hasn't given his verdict. He has a tough job in his hands. He has to lay the ingredients for an Indian victory. After all the Indian Test skipper has touched his feet.