Jasprit Bumrah concedes that team must make changes to mentality in order to play day-night matches
The Indian team is making “mental adjustments” ahead of Saturday’s pink-ball Test against Sri Lanka at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium, vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah said on the eve of the match.
He admitted that the absence of regular pink ball and Test cricket under lights necessitated specific preparations, with the players concentrating on researching and measuring the pink ball’s behavior in the build-up to the historic event, which would now be played without crowd restrictions.
This will be India’s third day-night Test at home, following the Kolkata Test against Bangladesh in November 2019 – coincidentally, the same match in which Virat Kohli recorded his final international century – and the Ahmedabad Test against England in February 2021. India won both of these games in three days, giving them an undefeated record against Sri Lanka.
However, one of India’s most dreadful Test performances came in a pink-ball match in December 2020, when they were bowled out for a paltry 36 in Adelaide before bouncing back to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the first time in history.
When asked to elaborate how the players have prepared for the coming game, Bumrah said: “It all depends on the individual. 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.”