Confused between orange and pink, Ashwin up for day-night Test

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin understands the timings for the pink ball Test will be challenging as players can't sleep early.

Ashwin is one of the few players in the Indian side who hasn’t played with the pink ball.   -  R. V. MOORTHY

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin welcomed the decision to play day-night Test with pink ball. The second Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, starting November 22, will be a first for both the countries.

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Ashwin is one of the few players in the Indian side who hasn’t played with the pink ball. “Sometimes I don’t understand if it is orange or pink, still coming to terms with that (laughs). I haven’t even bowled a single delivery with the pink ball as I couldn’t play the Duleep Trophy two years ago.

“But it is a welcome sign for India as a Test playing nation. It was important. Pink ball has a lot more lacquer and it will move. It is the right direction we have taken and it will be the start of something new,” he said.

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The timing for the pink ball Test is 1 pm to 8 pm, which could be challenging for the players as they are early risers during a Test series. “You can’t sleep at 9 pm anymore but it is good that people who can’t make it to a Test match in the morning can make it for this match. Having played in Kolkata before, it [the ball] does a lot more in the evening,” said Ashwin.