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Chesteshwar Pujara feels Pink-Ball Test in Australia will be “different challenge” altogether

Chesteshwar Pujara, India’s No.3 batsman in Tests, feels the much-anticipated Pink-ball fixture in Adelaide during this year’s Border-Gavaskar trophy is going to be a different experience altogether, especially for his colleagues in the batting department.

“It’s different from what we are used to with red ball. The format is the same but the pace of the ball and visibility is quite different. As a batsman you need to get used to it. You need to have net sessions and in domestic cricket it’s not easy,” said Pujara on Sony Ten Pit Stop which was aired on the network”s Facebook page.

“Players who are given a chance to play for India are used to the red SG balls so they are ready for a red ball Test match. But then they will not have too much experience with the pink ball so I think it will be a challenge for a youngster to come in and play a pink ball Test.

“But yes, those who have already played with it in a domestic tournament and those that have played the pink ball Test, they may get more used to it but it’s a different challenge altogether for a batsman.”

India played their first ever day-night Test match last year against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. However, that game was played with SG balls whereas in Australia Kookaburra pink balls will be used for the Adelaide Test and adjusting to this change is going to be the key for the visiting side.

Meanwhile, the Rajkot boy believes the Indian fast bowlers will be raring to go with the pink ball during the Day-Night, which is scheduled to be played from December 11.

“[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,” he said.

Pujara feels, the Australian fast bowlers will have the advantage at the start as they are more experienced with Day-Night Tests than Indians. He also expects the pitch to offer pace and bounce. Hence, according to him the batsmen should wait for the ball to get old, and once it does run-scoring will be much easier.

“They [Aussie pacers] will get more pace and bounce off the pitch due to conditions there. However, the Kookaburra pink ball doesn’t swing much and once the ball gets older it will be pretty good to bat against. Batting in Australia against the old Kookaburra ball whether it be red or pink is one of the best conditions to bat on,” he said.

(With agency inputs)

Sandipan Banerjee is a senior cricket journalist with experience stretching across more than a decade. Having founded a number of cricket information resources and prior experience of working in big-ticket events like ICC Cricket World Cup, IPL and ICC Champions’ Trophy; he joined the team at in 2019 to provide strategic guidance and to assume a brand ambassador role as principal correspondent. Due to Sandipan’s commitment towards the game, it’s safe to assume that if India are involved in a Test, ODI or a T20I, he’ll be there covering the match!

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