Pink Ball: Batsmen Struggled to Pick Wrist Spinners, Says Yuvraj

“I honestly felt that the pink ball didn’t swing much and didn’t get old,” said Yuvraj Singh.

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File photo of Yuvraj Singh. (Photo: IANS) 

Veteran left-hander Yuvraj Singh feels that most of the batsmen in the ongoing Duleep Trophy have struggled to pick wrist spinners bowling with the pink ball. A testimony to Yuvraj’s observation is the 27 wickets that chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav and leggie Shreyas Gopal have shared between them.

While Gopal picked 14 wickets, the most impactful bowler has been UP and KKR chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who has picked 13 scalps despite playing in a truncated game.

When I was standing in the slips, batsmen were actually struggling to pick the wrist spinner (Kuldeep). I felt that pink ball didn’t swing as much as the red ball does when it has shine.
Yuvraj Singh, Captain, India Red

Asked if the track would offer turn, Yuvraj elaborated: “There is less turn for finger spinners (off-spinner) and the glaze is like old Sonnex balls (used in Ranji Trophy in 80s). Whatever happens, it happens for the wrist spinners and that too under lights. The dew also helps the ball to skid.”

Yuvraj also said that the pink ball didn’t reverse a lot when it got old.

I honestly felt that the pink ball didn’t swing much and didn’t get old. It was coming on to the bat very nicely. I don’t know how it is going to play on a turning track. Hopefully, this wicket might turn. You will see how the pink ball behaves on this wicket so we have to see for this match.

Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara once again said that it was a challenge to pick pink ball under lights.

File photo of Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo: IANS)
File photo of Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo: IANS)
It’s challenging to pick the ball under lights but its not that you can’t. Ultimately you have to watch the ball and play. At times, you have to accept the fact that somethings might be challenging because when you are batting at 2 pm, you are able to sight the ball really well. 
Cheteshwar Pujara

“So even in Test cricket if you are batting in the first session and if the wicket is green you have to see through the new ball and if its turning track the ball will spin so you have to adjust to whatever is in front of you,” said the Rajkot ‘Run-Machine’.

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