India has performed two pink ball Tests to this point, having received one towards Bangladesh on the Eden Gardens in Kolkata (November, 2019) and obtained pummeled within the different by Australia in Adelaide (December, 2020).
The greatest problem for the Indian group would be the pink ball and its nature. The SG pink ball, as compared with its crimson counterpart, is coated with a number of layers of pigment and in addition has an additional layer of lacquer. That additional layer helps the ball to last more than what the crimson ball does. During the Kolkata Test in 2019, it was evident that the lasting shine on the ball helped it to swing extra and for an extended time interval. The ball additionally travelled faster within the air and off the pitch.
Former England cricketer Monty Panesar feels the pink ball and the dynamics related to it makes the taking part in area degree for each groups. “The pink ball is going to swing and seam at some stage. It is not like the red ball. The pink ball moves in the air, it reverses. This pink ball neutralises India’s home advantage. The question is: whether this Indian team can hold their nerve when the ball moves in the air or reverses and not panic?” the left-arm spinner informed TOI in an interview from London.
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“Quite recently, India were scarred by the pink ball in Adelaide. They were bowled out for 36 – the lowest ever Test score by an Indian team in the history of Indian Test cricket. They are definitely wary of this Test. It is a one-off Test now, a completely different ball game with the pink ball. If the ball starts swinging and seaming, the Indian team will think: is it Adelaide all over again?”
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Panesar feels the pitch on the Motera stadium will certainly help the spinners, however England’s time to achieve floor could be the “post-dinner session” when the ball tends to swing and seam.
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“Probably, the pitch will turn a little bit. Obviously, India is going to play to their strengths. But, there is the post-dinner session when the pink ball swings and seams a lot. I think that plays into the hands of the England team. If the ball starts swinging and seaming a little bit, I think England have got a great chance of winning this Test.”
For Panesar, the “contest” between Virat Kohli and Jimmy Anderson is prone to outline the end result of the match. “There is a lot of pressure on Virat Kohli to win this series in order to retain his Test captaincy. The battle, for me, is going to be Anderson vs Kohli. If Anderson gets the ball to swing or gets it to reverse, then it will be interesting to watch how Kohli is going to combat that. That’s what is going to get everyone screaming.”