Five Indian players have no experience with the pink ball in a match situation as they gear up to take Bangladesh in the first ever day-night Test in India. After thumping Bangladesh at Indore in a domineering performance across departments, India is more worried about the conditions and the pink ball than their opponents as Kolkata beckons.
Even before the Indore Test, India had started their pink ball preparations, the sign of a team that is confident about their strengths and weakness in familiar conditions. From Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin, a few players are yet to experience the pink ball first-hand in a match situation. But having put in the hours in the nets, each of them have formed an opinion of the ball and what to expect from it at the Eden Gardens.
Meanwhile, everything has been quiet from the Bangladesh camp. They coped a proper hiding at Indore with their batting and bowling group, in particular the spinners, coming apart rather unceremoniously. Mominul Haque’s captaincy initiation also did not go as expected.