As the viewers and cricket loving fans are excited about the pink ball cricket, the cricketers are also getting ready to play this beautiful game under a whole new, different and beautiful look    Getty Images (Representational Image)
As the cricket loving fans are excited about the pink ball cricket, the cricketers are also getting ready to play this beautiful game under a whole new and different look Getty Images (Representational Image)

India is most likely to witness history as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is most likely to implement the day/night first-class cricket format, as they prepare to play the upcoming season of the Duleep Trophy 2016-17 with the Kookaburra pink balls under the bright Indian floodlights. As the viewers and cricket loving fans are excited about the new innovation, the cricketers are also getting ready to play this beautiful game under a whole new, different and beautiful look, as they also look to prepare in time, understand it, and adapt to changes and new challenge as soon as possible. BCCI: Will organise day-night Test after experimenting in Duleep Trophy

Piyush Chawla, the skipper of the Central Zone for the 2014-15 winning season, said to bcci.tv: It is obviously going to be something new and exciting for us. It is much talked about these days. It will be a different experience for the players and so I am looking forward to it. From whatever I have seen and heard the ball [stays] is quite shiny and glossy for long, so it could be a little difficult for the spinners, But we will have to find something [a way] to get something out of this ball as well [to be effective].”

Meanwhile, Manoj Tiwary said, Bengal Ranji Trophy captain, said, It is going to be a great opportunity and a big challenge as well because a pink ball does a lot of things [movement], especially under lights it swings a lot, seams a lot. Hence, as batsmen we have to make sure that we are improving our skills. To really go against a moving ball you need your basics right and your technique up to the mark to improve chances of scoring good amount of runs in such conditions. Anurag Thakur, BCCI eager to know player’s feedback on pink-ball

Also, you have to have a lot of patience. Nowadays most of us, we tend to play on the rise, play through the line as we know that the pitch is not going to do much; it is going to be at knee height bounce. Those kinds of shots won t be easy under lights with the pink ball. So these are the challenges we have to face as a batsman and we have to be prepared for it, Tiwary added.

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel too seemed to be excited about the prospect. It will be a new challenge for all of us to play under lights in a four-day game with the pink ball. I don t think any of us have played before. Having seen one of the games, the [pink] ball does swing slightly more than the normal one so we will have to make sure that we are well prepared for the condition, he said. Ajinkya Rahane excited about pink ball cricket

What I have seen or heard is that they have said that the pitch is required to be slightly greener than the normal one so that the ball stays well throughout the day and night, but something which we will have to tackle is the swing which is more than what usually we do get with the SG ball. So we will have to work on that, try and be more defensive [as batsmen] or try and see off the swing whenever that happens, he added. I have been around for lot of the years; with every new challenge there is something which motivates you, and gets the best out of you so I am looking forward to this Duleep Trophy, he quoted.

S Badrinath to added his insights: It is an unknown commodity. The pink ball Test was played in Australia and the Indian conditions would be very different from what you find in Australia, England or New Zealand. I would be interested to see how it all unfolds. It is a good way of testing the waters by playing with it in the Duleep Trophy because we will have to see what is going to come. In India, at night the dew factor is much more so that is one thing that has to be considered and all the other conditions etc. It is a good initiative to test the waters [in domestic cricket first].