Much discussion has gone on as to whether the pacers will dominate the Kolkata Test under lights with the SG pink ball as it is expected that the ball will swing more in night sessions
Bangladesh spin bowling coach Daniel Vettori informed that all the pacers in the squad are thrilled to take part in the second and final Test match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata against host India as it is expected that the pacers will play a big part in the historic Test.
Both the teams will be playing their first ever day-night Test with the pink ball.
Bangladesh team practiced in the morning session Wednesday, while India team trained in the afternoon.
The Tigers will practice in the afternoon Thursday while India will sweat it out in the morning as per schedule.
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“All the four fast bowlers are excited. That's a nice thing. Bangladesh fast bowlers don't get to be excited too often. I think they are coming to grips with the ball. The SG pink ball is slightly different. Most guys' limited experience has been around the kookaburra one. But I think there is excitement around it. It is expected to be a big crowd and lot of interest. So for us as a team, real joy to be here,” said Vetrori to the media after practice Wednesday in the City of Joy.
“The pink ball plays relatively normal at this time of the day. The challenge will be how much of the Test is under lights. The sun sets quite early here. That will be the time we will see the pink ball come into play. My experiences are only from watching on TV. So the twilight hours, dusk seems to do a little bit more. So I think that's going to be the exciting period of the Test,” he added.
India pacers have dominated the Indore Test as they took 14 wickets out of 20 to win inside three days.
Much discussion has gone on as to whether the pacers will dominate the Kolkata Test under lights with the SG pink ball as it is expected that the ball will swing more in night sessions.
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But the Kiwi coach believes spinners can also play an important part in the game, particularly in the day sessions.
“The spinners haven't come into play that much if I recall correctly (from seeing previous pink ball Tests). It has been the seamers. But I still think the spin bowlers play a big part in the nature of the game. So the first two sessions, spinners could really be important. In majority of Tests, spinners are required at some time of the game,” the 40-year old added.
The Kolkata Test gets underway at 1pm Friday.