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India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said on Tuesday that batting in the evening in the Pink Ball Test is indeed challenging. But once the batsmen go through that phase, things become much easier. The first Test of the four-match series between Australia and India will be played at Adelaide Oval starting on 17 December and will be a day-night competition. Australia have the best record in the day-night test as they have not lost a single match which has been played with pink ball.
Batting challenging in the evening
Rahane said during a virtual press conference on Tuesday, “Batting during the evening is very challenging and once you look at that period, things get a little better. Fortunately, the situation in Australia is much better, The first 14 days since the quarantine was challenging, but we were allowed to practice. We had good preparation as a team. It’s a good start to the first Test. Definitely, it’s a challenge. As the pink ball separates during the day. – behaves differently and the ball changes its behavior when the light is on. ‘
What will be the team combination
India played two practice matches before the first Test started and the second match was a three-day day-night match. In the second practice game, India included Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini. When asked if the team would go with the same combination, Rahane replied: “Wait till the 17th, you will then know about the side makeup, now it’s hard to tell what our combination will be.”
who Became the Match Winner?
Who will play alongside Mayank Agarwal as the opener? The place of wicketkeeper is also suspected after Rishabh Pant’s century in the second innings of the three-day pink ball game. Rahane said, “See, everyone is equally good, we have not decided our combination yet. There will be another practice session tomorrow. We will decide that whoever plays can win the match for us.” Rahane also said that he expected off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to make a good start against Australia. Rahane said, “Ashwin’s role will be very important. He is experienced and has diversity in his bowling. His role as a bowler and a batsman will be really important. I am sure this series is going to be good for him.” ‘
Rahane will take over the captaincy after Virat
Captain Virat Kohli is playing just one Test against Australia and he will return home after the conclusion of the Adelaide Test as he has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI. Once Virat departs, Rahane will lead the Indian team for the remaining three Tests. Rahane says, ‘I believe in staying current. Right now, Virat is our captain. We think about this Test match and then after that, when he leaves, we will discuss our plans. For me, it’s about giving my best in this Test match. “
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