Won’t be easy: Cheteshwar Pujara on facing pink ball in Tests – cricket

India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday admitted that enjoying Day and Night Tests is an altogether completely different problem for the batsman because the tempo and visibility of the pink ball could be very completely different from conventional crimson 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 stated on the ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’ present. “Although it is still the same format, the (pink) ball’s pace and visibility is very different. As a batsman you need to get used to it.”

Pujara, who has performed 77 Tests, stated that for any youthful participant, who’s used to enjoying with the SG crimson ball, enjoying with the Pink Ball, would be a problem.

“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. Pink ball needs adequate training,” Pujara defined.

“He is ready for a Test match. But when he comes to play with the Pink Ball, he will not have that much of an experience and that many net sessions also won’t have happened, so I feel it will be a challenge for young player who is coming in and playing a pink Ball Test. But, yes guys (players) who have already played with pink ball in some domestic tournament and who have played one of the Pink Ball Test matches, they will get used to it, but it is a different challenge altogether for a batsman.”

India are slated to tour Australia for a gruelling 4 Test match sequence, set to be start on the Gabba in Brisbane from December 3. The second Test will be a Day and Night affair, to be hosted by the Adelaide Oval. Pujara was then requested what benefits would the Australian speedsters like Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins get whereas enjoying with the Pink Ball.

To which, he stated: “I think they (Australian) bowlers will get more pace and bounce off the pitch, from what I have realised so far with the Pink Ball. Apart from this, the ball might swing more, but usually Kookaburra pink ball doesn’t swing much, maybe the new ball might swing a bit, but once the ball gets old, it will be a good ball to bat against. Because be it the Kookaburra red ball or pink ball… and if you are playing in Australia, it is one of the best pitches to bat on.”

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