- India will play first Day-Night test match against Bangladesh.
- Eden Garden will host this historic event.
Team India are scheduled to play their historic first-ever Day-Night test match against Bangladesh in Kolkata. The first-ever Day-night test for both teams India and Bangladesh will be played at the iconic Eden Gardens. This test will played from 22 to 26 November.
The hosts are leaving no stones to prepare themselves for the historic pink ball test. It has now revealed that India cricket team will practice under lights at Holker stadium in Indore to prepare themselves for the new version of international test cricket.
Team India wants to pactice under lights:
The Indian team management requests the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association to organize training under lights for team India. Former MPCA secretary Milind Kanmadikar said that the MPCA is more happy to help the Indian players to adapt conditions for this Historic event.
Indian Vice-captain in Test format Ajinkya Rahane said that we need to train well to adapt to the challenges that confidence comes with playing with the pink ball.
SG pink ball will used for the first time in Tests:
This Test match will not only the first Day-Night match for both teams but also the first official appearance of SG pink balls in International Cricket.
11 Day/Night international Test matches played so far, only Kookaburra and Dukes pink balls have been used. Pink balls that used in Indian domestic cricket were also manufactured by Kookaburra.
BCCI president Ganguly revealed “The reason to prefer SG balls was to avoid using two different balls for the same series.”
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Pujara is the only player who played Day-Night test before:
Cheteshwar Pujara is the only player who had experience to play the Day-Night test in both teams.
Pujara said “It can’t be considered as an advantage. Because when I played it was 2016/17 which is a long time. But that experience will be very useful. It is challenging playing with the pink ball. You need more practice and once get habitual, you start getting used to it.”
“So it’s just about doing little more practice before the match. I will try and practice with the pink ball whenever I got an opportunity.” Pujara added.
Indian coach Ravi Shastri and Skipper Virat Kohli don’t want to leave any stone to prepare for this Historic Day-Night test.