India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on Tuesday said that batting in the twilight period in pink-ball Tests is really challenging and once batsmen see off that period, things tend to get reasonably easier.
The first Test of the four-match series between Australia and India, beginning on December 17 will be played at the Adelaide Oval and it will be a day-night contest.
Australia has the best record in day-night Tests as the side has not lost a single match that has been played with the pink ball.
“Luckily, the situation in Australia is quite better, the first 14 days as quarantine was challenging but we were allowed to practice. We had good preparation as a team, it is about starting well in the first Test. Definitely, it is a challenge as the pink ball behaves differently during the day and it behaves differently once lights are on. As batsmen, the focus would be the key. Batting during the twilight period in the pink-ball Test would be the key. The 40-50 minutes that you have to bat during the twilight period is really challenging and once you see off that period, things get slightly better,” Rahane said during a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
“The preparation was really good. We got time this year to practice and plan ourselves really well. The two practice matches helped us before the first Test match. Preparation has been really good, we are looking forward to starting well in this series,” he added.
India played two practice games and the second match was a three-day day-night match. In the second practice game, India went in with an all-pace attack comprising of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, and Navdeep Saini.
When asked whether the team would go in with the same combination, Rahane replied: “Wait till the 17th, you will come to know about the make-up of the side then, it is hard to tell now as to what our combination will be like.”
The vice-captain also remained tight-lipped as to who will play alongside Mayank Agarwal as an opener. Right now, there are doubts on the wicket-keeper’s spot as well after Rishabh Pant hit a century in the second innings of the three-day pink-ball practice game.