Wednesday, October 30, 2019

4 challenges India and Bangladesh will face in Eden Gardens day-night Test

4 challenges India and Bangladesh will face in Eden Gardens day-night Test

After 4 years of saying no to day-night Tests, India are all set to play their 1st ever pink-ball fixture against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens from November 22. From playing conditions to lack of exposure, there are quite a few challenges the two teams face ahead of the much-anticipated Kolkata Test.

Eden Gardens will host India's 1st ever day-night Test ( Courtesy by BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India and Bangladesh to play day-night Test from November 22
  • Captain Virat Kohli among players with no pink-ball experience
  • SG pink balls will be used for the 1st time in Test cricket

There is a lot of excitement among cricket fans in the country as India are all set to get a taste of Test cricket's biggest innovation of the decade -- the day-night Test. It was confirmed on Tuesday that Bangladesh and India will play their 1st ever Test under lights from November 22 at the iconic Eden Gardens, Kolkata.



The 1st ever day-night Test was played as early as 2015 but India had been apprehensive about playing Tests under lights. On multiple occasions, India have said no to hosting or featuring in a day-night Test. The annual fixture in Adelaide was converted to a day game in 2018 after India refused to play the pink-ball Test during their tour Down Under.

India's reasons for not playing day-night Tests have mainly centered around the lack of exposure of its top cricketers to pink-ball cricket. India's experiment with pink balls have been limited to only 3 seasons of Duleep Trophy -- domestic first-class tournament involving top cricketers.

In fact, only Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja. Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav from the India squad have had previous experience of playing first-class cricket with pink balls. Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha were part of India's 1st ever pink-ball match -- Bengal Super League final in 2016.

It's interesting to observe that after all the resistance, India are going to be part of the pink-ball experiment with a lot of unknowns in the lead-up to the 1st day-night Test at Eden Gardens.

Lack of practice ahead of day-night debut

India had always maintained that lack of exposure to pink-ball cricket as the reason for not taking to day-night Tests. However, they will now have to play their 1st ever day-night Test with very little time to prepare.

As of now, there is no practice match scheduled ahead of the Test series, starting November 14. The 2nd Test, which will now be played under lights, will get underway from November 22 -- meaning there will be less than 4 days between the two Tests.

While a handful of India players in the Test squad have had a taste of pink-ball cricket, captain Virat Kohli has never played a pink-ball game before. Notably, Bangladesh players have even less or no exposure to pink-ball cricket, considering there has been only one day-night first-class match played in the country in 2013.

Conditions under light may challenge players

11 day-night Tests have been played so far across the globe and all of them have been played in the summer of the respective countries. India, on the other hand, are going to do a first by hosting a pink-ball Test in winter.

Dew is expected to be a major factor during the day-night Test in Kolkata as it becomes difficult for the spinners to grip the wet ball.

However, India are looking at starting the day-night Test as early as 1 pm (local time) to make sure only a part of the 2nd session and the third session are played under lights.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who was instrumental behind getting India to agree the day-night Test, promised that the Eden Gardens is looking to use treatment sprays to handle the issues.

Eden Gardens curator Sujan Mukherjee said the early start will help them avoid issues with the dew: "Since it's an early start, the day will get over by 8-8.30 p.m. The dew factor comes into play mostly after that as we have seen in white-ball game this time of the year at Eden. Therefore, I don't think dew will be a problem".

Won't an early start defeat the purpose of hosting the day-night Test?

Unknowns of pink SG balls

Kookaburra pink balls are being used in Australia for day-night Tests (Reuters Photo)

While it was expected that India would ask Kookaburra or Dukes to supply pink balls for the day-night Test, BCCI boss Ganguly confirmed that SG will provide pink balls.

This will be the first time SG pink balls will be used for a Test match. The SG pink balls used earlier in 2017 received a lot of flak as it had lost its shape and shine quickly and offered very little to the spinners and pacers who were trying to exact reverse swing. The ball though does move a lot in the initial overs, given it's lighter than a traditional red ball.

While visibility has not been a major issue so far with pink balls under lights, the need to maintain the colour of the ball affects the natural ageing of the ball.

Changes in body-clock of players?

While players at the international level are used to playing limited-overs cricket under lights, playing for 5 successive days in a day-night Test might be a concern. While former CoA chief Vinod Rai had expressed concerns about the players' body-clocks in the past, former Mumbai spinner Nilesh Kulkarni, who picked up 4 wickets in a day-night Ranji Trophy match in 1996-97, has said players will find it difficult to adjust their body clocks during a day-night Test.

"The biggest change between a one-day and five-day game is how the body clock sets for a five-day because all your eating and sleeping habits change," Nilesh said.

"For an ODI, the body sets up quickly, but for a five- day match it is difficult, so it is interesting to see how that happens. It will be a bit challenging (for the players) to set the body clock and that will be interesting (to see)," Nilesh added.

No comments:

Post a Comment

MovieDekhiye

MovieDekhiye is one of the best entertaining site that provides the upcoming movies, new bollywood movies, movie trailers, web series and entertainment news.Get the list of latest Hindi movies, new and latest Bollywood movies 2019. Check out New Bollywood movies online, Upcoming Indian movies.




Pages

Contact Us

Name

Email *

Message *