Ahmedabad: The game may change session wise in the third Test, reckoned Ishant Sharma here Monday due to the use of pink ball. The third day/night est starts here Wednesday between India and England. Some portions of the game will be played under floodlights at the Sardar Patel Stadium. It is the world’s largest cricket venue with a seating capacity of 1,10,000.
Ishant was asked whether the Indian bowlers would use the short-ball tactic during the twilight period. “That we get to know once we play at this ground, because it is renovated. I can’t really say anything now,” Ishant said.
“We can’t say what (will) trouble the batsmen and what will not. There will be a lot of things (that) we will have to see. We don’t know how we will have to tackle all these things, there will be dew,” he added.
Ishant said each bowler will have to take responsibility session wise. “How the wicket is here and how they (England) play. Obviously under lights the ball swings, but you will have to see the dew factor, so there will be many things. You cannot straightaway say that whether fast bowlers will remain in the game or the spinners. I feel the game will change session wise and each bowler will have to take responsibility,” the fast bowler added.
The veteran pacer backed the team’s batsmen to come good. He said they are capable of dealing with the conditions. “I am sure our batsmen are really capable enough to tackle all those things. They know how they need to go and build their innings, to go on through the Test match,” he asserted.
This will be India’s third pink ball Test. The first they won against Bangladesh in Kolkata and the second they lost to Australia in Adelaide.
Ishant praised the new stadium and said the team was looking to play there. “The stadium looks fantastic, to be honest we are just looking forward to play in this stadium. But we don’t know what kind of challenges we will have to face here because it is a pink ball Test,” Ishant signed off.