‘It will be really difficult to pick the wrist-spinner under the lights’ – Gautam Gambhir ahead of pink-ball Test
2nd Test will begin on 22nd November at the Eden Gardens.
Updated - Nov 21, 2019 8:04 pm
India and Bangladesh are currently preparing up for the landmark game that will be played at the Eden Gardens starting on 22nd of November. The set of players from both the teams are very excited about playing their first-ever game with the pink ball. And, ahead of the historic game, the former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has come up with important advice for the skippers.
The hosts defeated the Tigers in the first game with sheer dominance. It was a one-sided affair as Virat Kohli and Co. won the match in Indore by a margin of an innings and 130 runs. In the series opener, Mayank Agarwal emerged as the Man of the Match for scoring a double against Bangladesh.
Gautam Gambhir shows his excitement for the Day-Night Test
Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian cricketer, is also excited about the historic game. Ahead of the 2nd Test, he said on Nerolac Cricket Live (TV show) that captains of both the teams will have to use their fast bowlers differently with the pink ball. With the red ball, they use them early in the morning. But, in Day-Night game, they will have to use them under the light as well.
“Another thing is that captains will now need to use their fast bowlers differently; in red-ball cricket, they use them early in the morning but in the day-and-night matches, they will probably have to use them under lights as well,” the former Indian cricketer said as quoted by The Statesman.
He also added that under the lights the wrist spinners are very difficult to pick. The 38-year-old is excited to watch that how will the ball behave. Gambhir also recited the fact that he had played with Kookaburra ball and it is very different from others.
“I am really excited to see how this pink ball behaves because I have played with the Kookaburra ball which behaves much differently. One thing I realized was under the lights it was really difficult to pick the wrist-spinner,” he added.
The game will be inaugurated by the Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee by ringing the customary bell at the Eden Gardens.