Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta has said that India must win the Pink-Ball Test against England to better their chances of playing the World Test Championship finals against New Zealand at Lord’s. India needs to win one and draw one game to make an entry into the final of the tournament. Both teams head into this Test with the series level at 1-1. Also, they have limited knowledge about the conditions, that will be available at the newly laid Motera wicket for the third Test. This will be India’s third Test day-night Test while England’s fourth encounter of such kind.
Speaking to India Today, Deep Dasgupta spoke his mind as to how he thinks about the Test match.
Imperative For India To Win Pink-Ball Test: Deep Dasgupta
“It’s imperative for India to win. Well, the draw is a possibility. India can afford a draw. Looking at things how Test match cricket is off late, very rarely you see draws. I mean the win is imperative as simple as that,” Deep Dasgupta said when he was asked about the prediction on the match.
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He also spoke about the pink SG balls and the orange chairs at the Motera stadium which might become e hindrance for the fielders. He said that the Indians need to be wary about the moving pink-ball which moves prodigiously under lights.
He further said that the orange chairs might cause problems for the players to take catches as the pink-ball turns orangish under lights.
“This Pink ball is a little orangish so that would make the fielder’s life that much more troublesome because I found it pretty difficult because the England team was practicing. They were taking catches and I found it very difficult to sight the ball at times. We actually saw few catches being dropped in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy,” Deep Dasgupta told Sports Today.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli also admitted in the press conference that the pink-ball moves a lot under lights also highlighting the fact that they have the bowlers to make the best use of the conditions as well.