Bangladesh Fast Bowlers Train With Wet Balls Ahead Of The Day-Night Test

Updated - 19 Nov 2019, 12:42 PM

Bangladesh pacers train with pink ball. Credit: BCB

The pink-ball is still a mystery for India and Bangladesh cricketers ahead of historic day-night Test which commences on November 22 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. There have been a lot of prejudices with pink balls and the cricketers are still trying to get a hang of it in the training session. Meanwhile, Bangladesh pacers have adopted a different method ahead of the day-night game.

The Bangla Tigers, after going down badly in the first match by an innings and 130 runs will be desperate to make a comeback in the final match of the tour. Although it is a tough road ahead but the cricketers are leaving no stones unturned to make sure they put up a better show in their first day-night game. Meanwhile, both India and Bangladesh stayed in Indore for two days to train under the lights.

Mehidy Hasan (L) along with Daniel Vettori (R). Credit: Twitter

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Bangladesh pacers training with wet balls

The visiting team feels the pink balls will skid a bit more of the wicket and thus, the pacers are training with wet balls to adjust to the new changes. Spinner Mehidy Hasan said that they will continue to practice in the same manner to adapt to new conditions. Bangladesh trained for almost three hours on Monday at the centre wicket where they took catching practice in the slips.

“The pace bowlers will continue to bowl by dipping the ball in water in the coming days,” Mehidy told reporters. “I think we can adapt in the coming days. Maybe it will skid a little more when it is wet. Spinners can get to skid the ball. There’s also likely to be bounce and turn,” he added.

Mehidy Hasan
Mehidy Hasan. Credit: BCB

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Incidentally, all day-night Test so far have produced results and, likely, the India-Bangladesh second match will also have an outcome. Mehidy Hasan, who had a poor outing in Indore said that he is working hard to do well in the next game. He spends some quality time in the nets with the bat and shared his observations with the pink ball.

“I batted against the pink ball. It was moving and goes off rapidly after pitching. It goes off the bat quite quickly too. I think it swings more, and you can cut the ball too,” he concluded.