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Cheteshwar Pujara hopes to draw upon pink ball experience in India's maiden day/night Test

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India Test star Cheteshwar Pujara, who has fared well against the pink ball in first-class cricket, hopes to bring his experience into play during the country's maiden day/night Test, against Bangladesh in Kolkata.

Puajara faced the pink ball in the 2016-17 edition of the Duleep Trophy, which was played under lights. Pujara was the leading run-scorer in the tournament, scoring 453 runs, including an unbeaten 256 for India Blue.

"Yes, that experience will be very helpful for sure, without any doubt," Pujara was quoted as saying by IANS. "When you have played with pink ball, you know what to expect at what time and what might be on offer. So that experience does help."

The Kookaburra version of the pink ball was used in the 2016-17 Duleep Trophy
The Kookaburra version of the pink ball was used in the 2016-17 Duleep Trophy

The ball Pujara faced during the Duleep Trophy was of the Kookaburra make, but India's regular first-class ball supplier SG will provide the ones for the Test, which gets underway on Thursday, 14 November. Pujara feels the pink ball won't behave too differently from the traditional red one.

"I don’t think there will be a major difference when you start playing with the pink ball. Since I haven’t played (against the SG pink ball) I am not sure, but my assumption is that even the SG pink ball will be very similar to the red ball."

The right-hand batsman, who has 18 Test tons against his name, did acknowledge that batting in the twilight period can be tricky, but feels that the move to introduce day/night Tests is a good one on the whole.

"Sometimes it is challenging in twilight playing with the pink ball. You need little more practice and once you keep playing with the pink ball at that time (twilight), you start getting used to it. It’s just about doing few more practice sessions before we play the match.

"We will have to wait and watch but at this stage it is a nice move," he said of playing day/night Tests in India.

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