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We will understand challenges of pink ball only if we play: Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar.

Sachin Tendulkar.  

Tendulkar emphasises the need for batsmen to practice with assorted pink balls

Sachin Tendulkar began his white-ball cricket career in New Zealand in 1990. He said it was one of the “toughest things” to play the white ball properly, but added that playing white-ball cricket in Australia on his first tour there in the 1991-92 series was more challenging.

While sharing his thoughts on the pink ball day-night Test between India and Bangladesh from November 22 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Tendulkar believed the players will feel the difference.

“We will understand challenges of pink ball only if we play. We have to try as long as it is a fair play between the bat and ball. But dew will directly affect the quality of the game. One has to be careful with this,” he explained.

India captain Virat Kohli was averse to a proposal to play a day-night Test against the West Indies in Rajkot in October 2018 reasoning that the team had no experience with the pink ball.

But one short meeting with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly changed the perception and India’s first day-night Test was fast-tracked.

Tendulkar believes net sessions with the pink ball as a preparation would be fine, but he also emphasised the need for batsmen to practice with assorted pink balls.

“They (the batsmen) have to play used pink balls of 20 overs, 40 overs and 60 overs. That’s because batting collapses take place between the 20th and 55th over and with the SG Test ball, if reverse swing happens, it’s in this period. After the 60th over, even if the ball reverses, there will be time to play it off the pitch.”

Challenges faced

The legendary batsmen recalled the challenge of alternating between red and white balls on the 1991-92 tour of Australia.

“We played a five-Test series, but after the first three, we played an ODI Triseries with the white ball. Then we resumed the Test series and then went to the World Cup which was played with the white ball. So the ball colour changed four times.

Based on his conversations with a handful of players who have played with pink ball, Tendulkar said: “I have not played with the pink ball, but I am told that the pink ball looks different at sunset and hence difficult to spot.

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