Duleep Trophy 1st Match, Report : India Green vs India Red
“The pink ball was a good experience. We all came with preconceived notions that there would be a lot of movement but it didn’t move as much as we thought. It was good to be playing the first pink-ball game and be part of history. The conditions were really good. It was an ideal four-day pitch where it would both turn and swing. It was a good pitch to bat on,“ India Green wicketkeeper batsman Parthia Patel said after his team’s loss.
Patel didn’t have any visibility issues with the ball either. “I didn’t have any problems in sighting the ball. During the day I could see it better. Not used to the pink ball coming to you. It’s a matter of getting used to it but visibility was not a problem,“ he said.
So what lies ahead for the pink-ball?
Will the Indian cricket board (BCCI) be able to stage a pink ball Test in India anytime soon, or will the experiment be confined to the domestic scene? “It too early to predict anything. The pink ball definitely has a future. Dew could be a factor. The ball skidded and moved more. For the reverse swing to happen, we have to play this ball on a drier pitch,“ Parthiv said.