Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Credits - Twitter)

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A few of days after the historic pink-ball Test match came to an end at Eden Gardens, India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has reiterated that visibility of the ball is indeed an issue, especially batting under floodlights. After scoring a double century under lights, Pujara scored the first half-century for India in pink-ball games.

Having batted under lights for most of his innings, Pujara said that the experience was quite different from playing the traditional red ball. He also sheds light on the visibility challenges experienced while batting during the second session. Speaking to Indian Express, Pujara said batsmen have to concentrate harder to get used to the pink ball.

Visibility can be a bit of problem – Cheteshwar Pujara

However, Cheteshwar Pujara admitted that only one match had been played with the pink ball and making a judgement is a bit too early. And also, he said that there is a chance that his views might change when he garners more experience playing matches under the lights.

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Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal was running between the wickets. (Credits – Twitter)

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“When it comes to red ball, visibility isn’t an issue at all during the day,” he said in an interview with Indian Express, “But with pink ball under lights, when you walk in to bat during the second or the third session, visibility can be a bit of a problem as you are sitting in the dressing room and suddenly you are walking in under lights,” Pujara added.

Weather can add visibility issues

Further, he went on to add saying that all his words are just guesses, as he wants to have a look at the behaviour of the Pink ball in different conditions as well. Cheteshwar Pujara believes that ball will behave differently based on the weather on that particular day, and he seemed utterly unaware of how it will react on overseas conditions.

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“I wouldn’t say late, but it’s slightly different for sure,” he assessed. “Maybe since I have played just one inning in that situation, I felt it that way. Maybe if I play more, then I can comment on the exact thing, but it was different. I was there under lights for 30-45 minutes before dew started to come in and the ball stopped moving as much; it got a little easier.

Also, it gets dark a bit earlier in Kolkata. The weather is different at this point in time — there was a bit of hazy atmosphere, and that can also add some visibility issues. These are all guesses — I am not entirely sure as it’s all early days as of now. How it would play in different venues needs to be seen,” he concluded.

Well, it would be interesting to see how Pink Ball would make an impact on Indian cricket. After the success of the Pink Ball Test in India, the board is considering the idea to play a day-night Test match against New Zealand when they tour.


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