POST TIME: 18 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Tigers begin preparation for pink ball Test
BSS, Indore

Tigers begin preparation for pink ball Test

Bangladesh cricketers (L-R) spinner Nayeem Hasan, top order batsman Liton Kumar and pacer Abu Jayed Rahi pose for a photograph during a practice session at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore yesterday evening. BCB photo

Bangladesh began their practice with the pink ball at the Holkar Stadium in Indore yesterday as they gear up for the second and final Test in Kolkata, which will be played under lights.

The Tigers basically was due to start pink ball preparation in Kolkata but as they tasted a humiliating innings and 130-run defeat against India in the first Test inside three days, they had to stay in Indore for two days more. They are schedule to fly for Kolkata on November 19.

Despite it was an optional practice, all the members of the touring side returned to training that marked their first full-fledged session with the pink ball as they are not used to play with the pink ball.

The only thing that can give them some inspiration is that their opponent India is not used to play with pink ball as well considering it would be the first day and night Test match for the men in blue.

As the host plunge into the relatively unknown territory (to them) of Test cricket under lights now Tigers are putting all their focus on dealing with and mastering the pink ball.

The unfamiliarity with the pink SG ball gives rise to another grey area - about what could happen with the onset of dew under lights.

Playing in the month of November, dew is most likely to make its presence felt, but it is still not known in what manner it will impact the pink ball.

Abu Jayed Rahi, who was the only successful bowler in the opening Test,  is not looking too far ahead for the time being apart from being optimistic. Since both teams are unaware of it, he is more concerned on mastering the seam position with the pink ball.

“Yes of course we are hopeful both teams are new and whoever plays better will get the desired result,’’ Rahi said here yesterday.

“Today we have a practice session and after bowling with it I will understand the difference,’’ he said.

“I will discuss it [with coach]. As it’s a new ball, we should measure its movement. We need to understand how much it will swing or not,’’ he added.

Meanwhile Bangladesh’s pacer Abu Jayed Rahi became that rare breed of bowler who did it with an intriguing display of swing bowling.

The likes of Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are the heart of Indian batting and highly respect around the world due to their ability to take the match away from the opponent’s grip with single-handedly.

Rahi took all of those four batsmen in his first Test in India but the lack of support from other end meant, despite his stellar performance, Bangladesh tasted an embarrassing innings and 130-run defeat in Indore Test.

However amongst those four wickets, Rahi savoured the wicket of Kohli most and said his wicket was something like dream comes true for him.

Jayed could have picked up five for had Imrul Kayes not dropped a sitter of Mayank Agarwal at 32, who virtually sealed the game for India with his brilliant double hundred.

“It’s not frustrating; I don’t bother about missed chances too much. I believe it’s part of cricket. I do accept that catches are supposed to be held on to but one can’t change the past by thinking about it,” he said.

“’It was an amazing feeling to dismiss the two best batsmen of our times. Getting Virat Kohli’s wicket was like a dream coming true,” he said adding that he needs to be more consistent with his line and length.

“Obviously, I need to focus more on my line and length (as I don’t have express pace). In the first Test I gave away some freebies, if I can decrease the number of these boundary balls it will be much better,” he said.