Indian team is ready to experience their first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match. Ahead of this historic Test match, Indian captain Virat Kohli has clarified that a practice game should be available before the day/night pink-ball Test match.
From Friday (22nd November) afternoon, the Indian team and Bangladesh team will be busy in their first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). It will be the second and final Test of this series where the hosts India are leading by 1-0.
Initially, it was also a normal Test. But, soon after joining as the BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly has set up this special Test.
As India are ready to enter the new era of Test cricket, Cricket Australia (CA) will now try their best to organise a day/night pink-ball Test match when India will tour in Australia in 2020/21 summer. Incidentally, the CA were desperate to organise a day/night pink-ball Test match during India’s last tour of Australia in the last summer. However, the BCCI denied that proposal as the Indian cricketers had no experience in this new format.
You can’t just go in two days before and say you’re playing a pink-ball Test in a week’s time
Indian captain Virat Kohli feels that there should be a practice game before this kind of special Test match. He has clarified that the CA made a sudden plan and the Indian players had no time to rehearsal it.
Kohli said one day ahead of their historic day/night Test match, “Whenever it is held, there should be a practice game before.
“Obviously, we wanted to get a feel of pink-ball cricket. Eventually, it had to happen. But you can’t just bring those things up before a big tour and suddenly in the schedule, there is a pink ball Test, when we have not even practiced with pink ball. We have not played any first-class game with the pink ball. It can’t be that sudden.
“You can’t just go in two days before and say you’re playing a pink-ball Test in a week’s time. We didn’t really think it was logical from that point of view. It needed a bit of preparation. Once you get used to playing it there’s no problem playing at all. You can plan in advance. We just thought it was spontaneous.”
The pink-ball Test is a challenge for us – Virat Kohli
After eight teams have already experienced at least one day/night pink-ball Test, India and Bangladesh are ready to add their names in this list. Among the Full-member nations, only Ireland and Afghanistan haven’t experienced this special Test cricket yet.
Virat Kohli feels very excited to face this new challenge in Test cricket.
Kohli said, “The pink-ball Test is a challenge for us. It is very exciting for us as the energy will be very high. It is a landmark occasion.”
Virat Kohli also claimed that the fielders had felt more challenges to field the pink ball. He has felt that the ball was havier though he is confident that there is no difference in weight with the other regular international cricket balls.
Virat Kohli added, “The fielding session with the pink ball was the biggest challenge. People will be surprised how difficult fielding can be with the pink ball. The ball definitely felt heavier. I’m sure there won’t be any difference in weight but somehow it felt heavier. While taking slip catches the ball really hit the hands hard. Even while throwing from the boundary, the fielders felt they needed to put extra effort.”