Adaptation to the challenge of the pink ball only in the day/night test: Cheteshwar Pujara
KOLKATA: Cheteshwar Pujara I can't wait for the first one in India Day/night test In spite of everything that is said to be a challenge, since he is confident that the formidable batting lineup of the country will have no problem adapting to the pink ball .
The prolific batsman topped the run charts (453) with two daddy hundreds, including a 256 not out for India Blue in the Duleep Trophy more than three years back when pink ball was experimented with for the first time by the Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI technical committee.
Now, after assuming as President of BCCI , Ganguly has convinced the Bangladesh Cricket Board and both the countries will play their maiden pink ball Test at Eden Gardens from November 22-26. Former players, including the great Sachin Tendulkar, have spoken about the multiple challenges like dew while playing in the evening.
It will be exciting ... What we played was a first class game, it will be a test match. I'm sure all players are excited about that, said Indian Test No3.
Pujara said pink ball could pose some problems during the twilight period.
In the twilight period, I feel that maybe, seeing the ball could be a bit challenging. (But) the more you play, you get used to it. It's always about the experience and knowing how the ball behaves, he said.
Pujara had complained about seeing the ball under lights in the 2016-17 season, but claims to be better prepared now.
"The more we play, the more we gain experience of how to tackle the ball. Every ball has its challenges. I don't think it will require a huge change to shift from red ball to pink ball . The reason is it's the same format. We are still playing a five-day match," the 31-year-old said.
"Yes, under lights, it will be different. But it's about getting used to the pink ball . That's what I feel. Rest, I don't think will be a major difference. Once we play some Test matches, we will be able to know the exact difference and can improvise."
Apart from Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha, from the current Indian Test squad, have the experience of playing with a pink ball at the domestic level.
Summarizing the mood in the camp, he said: We will have no problem. Most of the boys have played in Duleep Trophy and for those who have not played, it would be a good learning curve for them.
Help for bowlers could come at different times unlike traditional tests. It could be under lights or without lights. Once we play, we will know all those things. We will have to adapt as quickly as possible. possible.
India are going to play their first ever Day/night test about four years after Australia and New Zealand played the pink ball Test at the Adelaide Oval on November 27, 2015.
The pink-ball innovation has been seen as the future of the Test format which is battling to keep the spectators' interested. India were reluctant to play Day/night test s and backed out against Australia in the 2018-19 season.
Pujara, however, is not sure if the innovation in the longest format will be the future.
It's too soon to say that. Once I have some experience, I can say it, he said.
Pujara seemed more worried about winning the game and the series, since 120 points would be at stake in the two series of two games.
"Pink ball or not, the format still remains the same. We would want to win as many matches as possible because points are at stake. Whether it's red ball or pink ball , ultimately you have to play well and win the game," he said.
Pujara also said that India's new test starter, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal, have facilitated the life of the middle order.
The Mumbaikar shattered a double hundred to go along with two centuries, while Agarwal also hit a double and one hundred in the series against South Africa.
It is a great advantage for us that Mayank and Rohit are scoring races. We want them to keep scoring runs. Our batting lineup is also strengthened. If the openers are making good starts, then the numbers 3, 4 and 5 have that. luxury to hit accordingly, he said.
The Indian treadmill is due to a major blow after having obtained 81 (Vizag) and 58 (Pune) in the recently completed South African test series and hoped that a great hundred would soon come.
You don't have to put pressure on yourself and at the same time you have to keep working on your game, keep improving, he said.