Kolkata, Nov 21 : The test match played between India and Bangladesh may well prove to be a watershed moment for Indian Cricket as it changes Test cricket from a 5 day affair to a Day-Night contest fought with a historic pink ball commencing from Friday. The ball itself is a thing of beauty that measures around 156 gms and has two raised seams alongside the liplock stitch giving it better grip and making its movement more pronounced.
To raise the awareness about the Test, a first 3D mapping is being done on Tata Centre, one of the landmark buildings of the city, covering an area of 3500 sq ft that will relate various tales of Test cricket with visuals that include the building being filled with cricket balls, visual of the stadium, of wickets being knocked and images of Indian greats.
The mapping will be done from three levels of 25, 40 and 50 feet with some extensions reaching upto 65 feet. This is the first 3D mapping of a building in the City. The mapping will have 4 sequences of one minute each.
Various other landmarks like Big Ben on Laketown, The 42, Elliot Park and Sahid Minar are all getting lighted up for the occasion.
Meanwhile, India and Bangladesh players on Thursday practiced with pink balls ahead of the first Pink Ball Test in India at Eden Gardens.
Both the teams enjoyed full practice sessions which included warm-ups, fielding practice and especially bowling and batting with the pink ball.
India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha seemed pretty confident about their pacers' form though he accepted the fact that things will become a bit tough during twilight.
The local star said, "With the form they (Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav) are in, the pink ball is not a factor. Especially (Mohammed) Shami, he can be deadly on any wicket. He has pace and is able to extract reverse swing,' Saha said when asked whether the colour of the ball will make more difference.
Mohammed Shami has been in phenomenal form with a match-haul of seven wickets while Mayank Agarwal smashed a double hundred in the first match of the series in which the home team's won by an innings and 130 runs against Bangladesh in Indore.
"There’s also a change in the timing and picking the ball a bit difficult in twilight. It may help the pacers but will be challenging for the batsmen,' Saha added.
Daniel Vettori, who is Bangladesh’s spin consultant, also agreed with Saha and said,' the pink ball plays relatively normal at this time of the day. The challenge will be how much of the Test match is under lights.
The sun sets quite early here. That will be the time we will see the pink ball come into play."
Vettori also believes that spinners will play a big role in the match. The former Kiwi skipper said,"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 Test matches, spinners are required at some time of the game. They all enjoy the SG ball for a start. So it has been enjoyable to bowl with for spinners so far, " he added. (UNI)