PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane thinks that playing the pink ball will be a very “different ball game” as the lateral movement compared to the red cherry will force batsmen to play late and closer to their bodies. There are 10 days - and an entire Test match - to go before India take a plunge into the relatively unknown territory (to them) of Test cricket under lights, but the talk of dealing with and mastering the pink ball dominated Ajinkya Rahane's press conference two days ahead of the Indore fixture. Rahane, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, and Ravindra Jadeja, had a couple of practice sessions with the pink ball under the watchful eyes of National Cricket Academy Director Rahul Dravid in Bengaluru building up to India’s historic day-night Test against Bangladesh starting November 22nd. Even for players like Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha, who featured in the 2016 Duleep Trophy that was played with the pink ball, the upcoming assignment will bring no feeling of familiarity.
The unfamiliarity with the pink SG ball gives rise to another grey area - about what could happen with the onset of dew under lights. Playing in the month of November, dew is most likely to make its presence felt, but it is still not known in what manner it will impact the pink ball. Rahane, who's had just one session under lights so far, expects to have at least one more in Kolkata to figure it out. The biggest takeaway, per Rahane following the sessions with the pink ball at the NCA, was the need for batsmen to play slightly late and much closer to the body, as they kept an observant eye on how the ball behaved as far as swing and seam movement was concerned. The No.5 batsman also believed a level of mental adjustment to the unknown should bring success for the Indian players.
2020 Copyrights © All Rights Reserved.