Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane
Cheteshwar Pujara-Ajinkya Rahane (credits - Zee News)

Well, the Indian National Cricket Team is just one Test match away from playing their first-ever Pink Ball Test match. Meanwhile, the vice-captain of the team Ajinkya Rahane and the Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara couldn’t contain their excitement for the upcoming Pink Ball Test match.

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Cheteshwar Pujara is looking forward to India’s first-ever day-night Test despite all the talk of the challenges it may throw at the players. However, he is confident that the country’s formidable batting line-up will have no trouble adapting to the pink ball.

Ajinkya Rahane said that adapting to the new conditions would not be a problem for the Indian side. He also said that the match would be very exciting for the fans as well. The proud father is hopeful of good show at Eden Gardens when the Indian team takes on Bangladesh side.

Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara,
Cheteshwar Pujara (R) listens to head coach Ravi Shastri. Credit: AP

It will be exciting – Cheteshwar Pujara

The official Twitter handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a video where Rahane and Pujara spoke about the upcoming day/night  Test, which will be India’s first-ever Day/Night Test.

“Day-night would be really interesting. Earlier, I played in the Duleep Trophy with the pink ball and it was interesting to play with that ball. Now we will play the international day-night Test. Yes, it will be exciting. During the day, there would be no concerns regarding the visibility of the pink ball. In my opinion, the twilight period would be really challenging as to how one sights the ball. When I talked to other players, they told me picking the ball out of wrist spinners was a challenge,” Cheteshwar Pujara said.

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“I am very excited as it is a new challenge. When we play the match, we will get the idea then. When we have practice sessions before the match, then only we can assess how pink ball behaves. From a fan point of view, it would be really exciting. As a batsman, playing late would be the key. Pink ball swings late and it would be essential in playing the ball late. I do not think there would be any problems in adapting,” he added.

The second and final game of the rubber will be played under lights with the pink ball. Indian players have already started training with the pink ball at Bengaluru’s National Cricket Academy.

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