India vs Bangladesh Test match ready to begin, The team of India is set to play its maiden Day-Night Test against Bangladesh at the historic Eden Gardens from November 22 to 26. With the India players having very little experience against the pink ball, the team management decided to hold a practice session with the ball in Indore.
It was Virat Kohli, who first faced the pink ball. With throw down specialists Raghavendra and Sri Lankan Nuwan Senaviratne hurling the pink stuff at express pace, the skipper looked comfortable. He looked more intent on playing defensive shots. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane also practiced with the pink ball with both batsmen taking a cautious approach. The duos defended most of the deliveries and were looking to play the ball with soft hands. There was not much visible swing and the ball was coming nicely to the bat on the practice pitches.
Young player Shubman Gill seemed to have taken a hit when one of the deliveries bounced extra but it was not serious.
Speaking to BCCI.tv, Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane spoke about the need to train well to adapt to the challenges that come with playing with the pink ball. “I am very excited personally. It is a new challenge. I don’t know how it will turn out but we will get an idea when we have a couple of practice sessions. Only then we will get an idea of how much the pink ball swings and how it works session wise. Fans perspective wise also it will be interesting. I think as a batsman lateral movement will be there and it will be best if you play late, that is my personal idea. Adapting shouldn’t be a problem,” he pointed.
The early practice sessions will give Indians a fair idea of what they will encounter in the historic Test and is precisely the reason, all these players did not figure in the Mushtaq Ali Trophy matches for their respective states.
Clearly head coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Kohli is keeping no stone unturned to ensure the boys are fully prepared come the Eden Test.
One of the main reasons for shifting to SG pink balls for the Bangladesh Day/Night Test was to avoid using two different balls for the same series.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said, “No, it can’t be because the series has to be played with same ball. It can’t be two different balls in the same series,”
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