Neither Wriddhiman Saha, the Indian side nor their neighbors have played a Day-night Test before and as such, the Day-Night Test scheduled at Eden Gardens will be both countries’ first experience with the pink ball.
Neither contingent is sure of what to expect with the pink ball on Indian soil but Wriddhiman Saha only selected few players on the current national side have played with the pink ball including Mohammad Shami and WriddhimanSaha.
Both these cricketers from Bengal were a part of the Mohun Bagan side that routed Bhawanipore Club in the final of the CAB Super League in 2016 at the Eden Gardens – the first four-day match to be played with pink balls in the country. Recalling that game, WriddhimanSaha said the ball swung quite a bit. “That match, however, was played with the Kookaburra ball. This time it will be SG. So it can be different,” WriddhimanSaha told ToI on Wednesday.
The wicketkeeper-batsman feels the Indian pacers will call the shots in the second Test. “We expect the ball to swing more under lights and given the form our pacers are in, they will enjoy the conditions,” he said.
WriddhimanSaha remembered once the pink ball got old, it was sometimes difficult to pick it. “Yes, the sighting was a bit of a problem once the ball got old and dirty. Especially during the twilight period, it can be challenging,” he remarked.
The 2016 match was played in June, so this time Saha felt they have to take into consideration the dew factor too. “Dew is expected in November. So that should also be taken into consideration,” he added.
WriddhimanSaha will be attending a camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru from Thursday. “We are excited but I haven’t got to interact with my India teammates regarding the day-night Test. Will get to discuss it in the next few days. We won’t have much preparation time. Hence we need to plan and adjust fast,” he opined.