Greater Noida: India Red captain Yuvraj Singh is “very excited” about the first ever first-class match in India scheduled to be played with pink ball under floodlights, terming it as an “exciting new challenge”.
“It will be exciting and we expect pink ball to swing. Unless we are out there in the middle, it will be difficult to give a feedback. This match will also serve as a comeback opportunity for me as well as (Suresh) Raina. We all saw the Australia versus New Zealand encounter and how much the ball swung,” Yuvraj said ahead of the Duleep Trophy match.
Rival captain Raina on his part said that this new stadium in NCR is known for good pitches as he has had the experience of playing a Ranji Trophy game against Baroda.
“I had played a game against Baroda and the pitch was good,” Raina said.
The players as well as the rival coaches — WV Raman and Narendra Hirwani — said that there has not been problems in sighting the pink ball even during the afternoon session.
However, with the practice pitches entirely different from the match strip which will have adequate grass cover to keep the shine of the pink kookaburra, it will be a completely different proposition in a match situation.