After more than eight months, The Indian cricketers will be on the pitch, playing against arch-rivals Australia. The men in blue have reached Australia after the end of the Indian Premier League. The players have started their daily practice in the nets. India is set to play three One Day International and Twenty 20 Internationals and also four test matches. Cheteshwar Pujara, who is a prominent name in India’s Test squad. Will play a crucial role in four test matches.
Pujara who is often known for his temperament and technique will play a crucial role in the batting line-up. The series opener will be played on December 17, with pink kookaburra ball and it will be a day and night test. The 32-year batsmen said “It will be a different challenge playing with the pink ball as pace and bounce also changes. We will be playing with pink kookaburra in Australia (against Bangladesh, it was Pink SG Test). It will be slightly different.”
The Indians have played only one day and night test match so far. It was against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens. The hosts won the match with an innings and 46 runs.
The 32-year-old feels the team needs to prepare as a collective unit to face a tough challenge, and it can only happen if the team fathom and accept the fact that the things will be different with the pink Kookaburra under lights.
He further added that the Indian team will have to collectively prepare to face the challenge, which can only happen if the team understands and accepts how things will be different from the pink kookaburra under lights. He also added “As a team and as individuals, one has to understand and accept and get used to it (pink ball and lights) as early possible. There will be a bit of difference with the pink ball.”
Pujara, also feels that the twilight sessions will be tough, however, one can overcome it with practice. However, due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak in Adelaide. The clouds of uncertainty are over the match, which will be played in the next month.