India Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara feels that Indian pacers will be raring to have a go with the pink ball during the Day-night Test scheduled on Australia tour later this year.
India are slated to tour Australia for a gruelling four Test match series, set to be begin at the Gabba in Brisbane from December 3. The second Test will be a Day and Night affair, to be hosted by the Adelaide Oval.
“(Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami and Ishant (Sharma) already have experience of playing with the pink ball. I’m sure all of them are eager to play with it, they must have enjoyed a lot in the Eden Gardens Test. Bowling with the pink ball in Australian conditions I am sure will be a great feeling for all our fast bowlers,” said Pujara on Sony Ten Pit Stop which was aired on the network’s Facebook page.
Pujara also admitted that playing Day and Night Tests is an altogether different challenge for the batsman as the pace and visibility of the pink ball is very different from traditional red ball.
“First of all, to speak about the Day and Night Test or (to play) with the pink ball, I think it is different from what we are used to with the red ball,” Pujara said on the ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’ show.
“Although it is still the same format, but the (pink) ball’s pace and visibility is very different. As a batsman you need to get used to it,” he said. Pujara, who has played 77 Tests, said that for any younger player, who is used to playing with the SG red ball, playing with the Pink Ball, would be a challenge.
“It won’t be very easy, because you need to have such net sessions. To do that at the domestic level, it is not easy. If any upcoming player is coming, he is used to playing with the SG red ball in Ranji Trophy, so when you play him for India, he is ready for this format.
“Because be it the Kokaburra red ball or pink ball… and if you are playing in Australia, it is one of the best pitches to bat on,” added Pujara, who had played a key role in India’s win in Australia in 2018.