India’s vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah on Friday has stated that they are making ‘mental adjustments’ before playing the Day-Night Test at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium against Sri Lanka. His comments came as pink-ball fixtures are a fairly new concept. He again shared that defining any parameter for the pink-ball game is not possible since all three day-night games they have played so far had different conditions.
However, Team India are gearing up for their fourth day-night Test against Sri Lanka, after having played against Bangladesh, Australia and England before. Bumrah has said that they are still learning how to approach pink ball games as well.
“As professional cricketers, we need to adjust as quickly as possible. The pink ball looks different while fielding. It comes earlier than what you perceive,” Bumrah said during the pre-match virtual media interaction. “In the afternoon session, the ball may not swing much, but in the evening, it can swing more. All these small points (are being discussed),”
“We have not played many pink ball matches and whatever we have played, they were all in different conditions, so no parameter can be set (on adjustments required). So whatever little experience you have gathered and the feedback you have taken, you work on things that are under our control,” the fast bowler again added.
When he was asked to elaborate on how the players have prepared for the coming game, Jasprit Bumrah shared: “It all depends on the individual. The pink ball looks different. The speed at which it comes to you on the field and the amount it moves or spins is also different. Timings for the D/N Test are also different, so the ball might not do so much in the first session but might start to do more under the light. We have played the Pink Ball Tests on all different surfaces, so there are no set parameters for it.”