Wriddhiman Saha ready to share experience of playing with pink ball at Eden Gardens with India mates
Apart from Saha, pacer Mohammed Shami has the experience of playing day-night game with pink ball.
Updated - Oct 30, 2019 5:37 pm
With India set to play their first-ever day-night Test next month at the Eden Gardens against Bangladesh, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is as elated as many others. The local cricketer, who has made an impressive comeback to the national team recently, is only one of the two Indian players to have played with the pink ball under the lights at Eden Gardens and is ready to share his experience with his team-mates when India take the field at the iconic venue between November 22 and 26.
Saha, who pipped a struggling Rishabh Pant to become the No.1 keeper in Tests in the series against South Africa recently, said he relishes challenges and the day-night affair at the Eden Gardens will be another one he will be up against.
“This will be a new challenge in front of us. We have not played Tests with the pink ball. I have been part of a domestic pink ball multi-day game. Challenge is there in every sport. The more you are challenged as a team, you get better and I am sure we will do that,” said Saha as quoted by India TV.
The cricket boards of India and Bangladesh arrived at a consensus to play the second Test of the series as a day-night affair. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who played an instrumental role, believes such innovations could see the crowd returning to the Test arena after organizers of the recent Test series against South Africa expressed concern over a thin turn-out.
Apart from Wriddhiman Saha, Shami also has experience of playing with the pink ball
Apart from Saha, pacer Mohammed Shami has the experience of playing day-night game with pink ball when he featured in the Cricket Association of Bengal’s Super League final at the Eden Gardens between Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore Club in 2016. Saha though said he doesn’t remember his experience from that game vividly. He could recall that Sami, who is also a member of the Test squad for the Bangladesh series, bowled quick. He also said that it was becoming difficult to pick the ball on some occasions.
A number of teams have played day-night Tests earlier, starting with one between Australia and New Zealand in 2015. India were so far reluctant to do the same but things changed once Ganguly took charge last week.