The third Test between India and England, arguably the most crucial game of the series, will be an under lights affair. The pink ball Test will be India’s third while it is the fourth time the visitors will be in all whites under lights. While much depends on the game, its venue, the Motera Stadium, has become the talk of the town. The Test will the first game at the World’s largest cricket stadium. And the architecture of it has blown the minds of the cricketing fraternity.
While the whole world is lauding the breathtaking stadium, England assistant batting coach Graham Thorpe has come up with an interesting analogy. Thorpe feels that the color of the seats might trouble the players in spotting the pink ball. He adds that batsmen might not have any difficulty with the side screens in place.
“I mean, having had the practice sessions, the ball did move around. Like anything, batting can be dependent on how you are being bowled to. It is about having an understanding of what is going on. If you execute well then you are giving yourself a chance of scoring runs in any conditions.”
“The side screens are in place, so hopefully, in terms of coming out of the seats. The seating has a certain colouring, so it can be a little harder for the fielders. We have to see how it plays out,” said Thorpe during a virtual press conference.
“The challenge of facing the pink-ball in changing conditions,” feels Graham Thorpe
Taking of the challenges that come with the pink ball, Thorpe feels that it is important to adapt to changing conditions. He is wary of the ball doing a bit more in the evening. And then there is the dreaded twilight period in day-night Tests. Thorpe adds that the pitch will also come into the play especially when the spinners come into action.
“Half-day and half-night. We have had our practice sessions, we had one in the evening and we had one in the afternoon. The challenge of facing the pink-ball in changing conditions, we will have to adapt to. It is an unknown quantity, pink ball does a little more in the evening as compared to the afternoon. We will have to take a look at the pitch as well when it comes to tackling spinners during the day-time,” said Thorpe.
The result of the Test will decide which team is the first to crash out of the race for the World Test Championship final. A win for a side means the other’s hopes of making it to Lords are squashed. On the other hand, a draw will end England’s hopes of making it to the final.