Wriddhiman Saha Ready For Day-Night Test Challenge
The Indian national cricket team is preparing for the upcoming home T20I and Test series against Bangladesh. During the Test series, India and Bangladesh both will experience their first-ever day-night Test. While most of the Indian players are unfamiliar with the day-night Test in the pink ball, wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha is ready for the new challenge.
Bangladesh national cricket team is ready to travel India for the three-match T20I and two-match Test series. India-Bangladesh will play the second and final Test of the series at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) from 22nd November. It will be a day-night Test match where they will play this Test with the pink ball.
Both India and Bangladesh haven’t played the day-night pink-ball Test match yet. Upcoming Kolkata Test will be their maiden experience. Wriddhiman Saha is getting ready for this new challenge.
Saha told IANS, “This will be a new challenge in front of us. We have not played Tests with the pink ball. I have been part of a domestic pink-ball multi-day game. Challenge is there in every sport. The more you are challenged as a team, you get better and I am sure we will do that.”
Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammed Shami played a day-night game with the pink ball at Eden Gardens
India have organised only a few numbers of domestic first-class matches as the day-night pink-ball game. Only Wriddhiman Saha and experienced a day-night pink-ball multiple-day game at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). In 2016, CAB’s Super League final was organised in this method where Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore Club faced each other.
Both Saha and Shami served in Mohun Bagan who won that game by 296 runs. While the wicketkeeper-batsman Saha scored 33 and a golden duck, pacer Shami managed to take five and two wickets (5/42 and 2/82). Saha has remembered little things of that game where he felt difficult to pick the ball.
Saha spoke about that game, “To be honest, I really don’t remember all of it. Shami bowled really fast and we (Mohun Bagan) won. One thing I remember is sometimes it was becoming difficult to pick the ball.”
Wriddhiman Saha feels that the day-night Test is good for the game as it attracts crowds.
Saha added, “We can play. Australia and New Zealand have played in the past. Other countries have, so..it has been done to attract crowds and it is good for the game.”
The Bengal wicketkeeper lauded Saurav Ganguly
After becoming the BCCI President, has encouraged to organise this day-night pink-ball Test match. Wriddhiman Saha has praised the new BCCI President.
The wicketkeeper-batsman said, “He (Sourav Ganguly) has dominated world cricket and now people are expecting the same vigour from him (as an administrator). Everybody is looking forward to something new from him. It has started and if the players benefit from it, it’s great.”
Bangladesh are ready to tour in India without their senior players and . However, Saha feels that there is no advantage for them as they still have to work hard to achieve victory.
He said, “It’s not like we will start from the third wicket as Shakib and Tamim are not playing. We have to take 20 wickets and score runs.”