Virat Kohli and men are all set to face Bangladesh in the 2nd Test at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens starting from November 22. In the 2-match series, Team India has already taken a lead and now looking forward to continue its dominance in the ICC Test Championship. Another victory against Bangladesh will clinch 60 more points for India along with a glittering trophy. This will be the first time when India will play a Day-Night Test and the pink ball will be used. The match will begin in the evening at around 1 pm and the last session of the day will be played till 10 pm. The match is going to be an enthralling battle as this pink ball may turn out to be a difficult task to face for batsmen. It won’t be wrong to describe the pink ball as a mystery ball for Indian and Bangladeshi batsmen as they haven’t played with it at the international level yet. Although, the batsmen have been practicing in the nets with the pink ball, but with their own bowlers. Especially, for the Bangladeshi batsmen, the challenge to take on and score against India’s pace attack, which is described as the best by Dale Steyn, will be a catch 22 like situation.
What is the difference between a red and a pink ball?
It will be the first time that a pink color ball will be used at the international level in place of the red ball. Cricket experts have described this ball as the deadliest weapon for speedsters as it bounces a little extra compared to the red ball. The makers of the ball have said that pink ball has an extra polish coating on it and will last long over 80 overs. Reviewing it, experts said extra shine may help with some extra swing. The uplifted and hard seem of the ball may help bowlers to move the ball both the ways and fans may witness good quality inswingers and outswingers. On the other side, the red ball has less shine, and its thread gets soft after 25 to 30 overs.
How will the pink ball act under the floodlights?
Till the date, we have seen only day Tests but this time, a few sessions will be played under the floodlights. It is said that cricket ball moves differently under the floodlights and ball swings a lot. Swing and bounce have always troubled the batsmen and entry of the pink ball may turn out to be a bad apple. The pitch curator has to ensure that no extra grass is left on the 22-yard deck otherwise the speedsters may hurt somebody.
The impact of reverse swing:
For a pacer, the deadliest weapon is the reverse swing. It’s the time when ball starts swinging in the air in the opposite direction of the shine. Senior Indian bowlers like Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Mohammad Shami who knows how to move the ball both sides and reverse it may turn out to be the terminators for Bangladeshi batsmen, while Bangladesh’s Ebadat Hossain, Abu Jayed, and Taijul Islam will be excited to hit the deck and get wickets.