In their first Pink Ball Test against Australia in December, India had a disastrous outing. During the fourth innings at the Adelaide Oval, the Indian team suffered a historic collapse when they were dismissed for a mere 36. That match featured a pink ball, the one being used for the third Test at the Motera in Ahmedabad. Ahead of the Day-Night Test at the world’s biggest cricket stadium, dependable batsman Cheteshwar Pujara revealed that the team and Indian fans will not have to go through a similar nightmare as the players are well aware of conditions at home.
He also maintains that India held a dominant position in the match, and just a bad hour of cricket ended up making it an embarrassing failure for the side.
“Not at all. It was a different ball game altogether. We were playing in Australia and the ball was seaming around a lot. We had one bad session – one and a half hours of poor batting led us to a disaster. But I felt overall that if you look in the first innings in the Australia Test match we were still in a dominant position.”
“Here we are playing in our own, familiar conditions. The ball is also different. We are very confident we will put up a good show. We will not try and look back at what has happened in the past. We like to be in the present and focus on our preparations,” Cheteshwar Pujara said in a pre-match Press Conference.
The pink ball is able to generate extra swing which favours the England team as they are used to this swing. Though Pujara agreed that his team isn’t exactly comfortable with extra swing, he believes that the youngsters can perform well with the help of wisdom from the senior players.
“I would not say our guys are completely inexperienced but they haven’t played a lot of cricket in England. I will chat with them, our experienced players will have a word with the younger players.
“But we are not sure how much the ball is going to swing around. It might early on but there might not be a lot as the match progresses. With the pink ball, it is very difficult to predict things,” Cheteshwar Pujara concluded.