‘Bowlers will decide pink-ball Test’

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:46, Nov 19,2019


Bangladesh pacer Al-Amin Hossain gets on the bus prior to their departure for Kolkata from Indore on Tuesday. — BCB photo

Bangladesh pacer Al-Amin Hossain on Tuesday claimed that the battle between India and Bangladesh’s bowling attack will be the deciding factor in their upcoming inaugural day-night Test in Kolkata starting from November 22.

After suffering a complete thrashing at the hands of hosts India in their first Test in Indore, where they lost the match by an innings and 130-run inside the third day, the Tigers are now preparing to step into new territory alongside India in both the sides’ first Test under floodlights.

Much has been said about the unpredictable nature of the pink ball, which is used in day-night Tests, with batsmen around the world struggling to anticipate which way the ball will move under the lights.

Al-Amin admitted the difficulty of facing the pink ball, but felt that the match’s fate depended on which team’s bowlers perform better with the pink ball.

‘It will be challenging for the batsmen, but I feel that the main challenge will be for the bowlers.  Whichever teams’ bowlers perform better will be ahead in the contest,’ Al-Amin told reporters after their training session in Indore.

In the first Test Bangladesh opted to play with only four front-line bowling options, with two pacers and two spinners, and the Indian batsmen made full use of the lack of depth in their attack, piling on 493-6d in their only innings.

Pacer Abu Jayed was the lone positive aspect in the otherwise woeful bowling line-up of Bangladesh, claiming 4-108, while fellow pacer Ebadot Hossain finished with 1-115.

On the other hand, Indian pace-trio of Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, took seven-wicket in each Bangladesh innings, to sink their innings on both occasions.

Al-Amin, who was left out from that match, felt that the pacers will have to take responsibility to give Bangladesh a chance against the current number-one Test side at the own backyard.

‘The pacers, who will play in the match, have a lot of responsibility. We have to bowl well. Otherwise we won’t be able to trouble them.

‘All of their batsmen are top-class players in Tests. They have two-three batsmen who are in the current top-ten. I feel that bowling with the pink ball will be a challenge for the bowlers... If we can bowl well then it will be a positive Test for us,’ he said.

Al-Amin, who last played a Test match for Bangladesh in October, 2014 against Zimbabwe in Dhaka, was excited to be in the mix of potentially being part of Bangladesh’s first pink ball Test and was expecting a challenging match.

‘We are all looking forward to it. It will be a historical pink ball Test. Here both India and we are completely new. It’s a new experience for both the sides. The ball is also new. I think it will be a good challenging match,’ AL-Amin said.

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