India vs Australia 1st Pink-Ball TEST – Hanuman Vihari on Saha or Pant ? : On Sunday, Hanuman Vihari had admitted that both Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha are in good form so it will be a headache for the side as to who plays in the first Test in Adelaide as wicket-keeper. Pant played unbeaten knock of 103 in the tour game, Saha also is among runs during the practice matches.
“Healthy competition is always good for the team and I feel, for every spot, we have good competition. It all depends on team management as to whom they decide to pick. I feel both of them are looking in good form so it will be a tough call and a good headache,” Vihari had said while answering an ANI query in the virtual post-match press conference.
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India vs Australia 1st Test : Pant very confident that team is all set to play Pink-Ball Test against Australia
Meanwhile, as team ponders on who to draft in playing XI among Pant and Saha, Rishabh Pant is sounding confident that team now is completely ready for the Pink-Ball Test challenge.
The first Test of the four-match series between Australia and India will be played at the Adelaide Oval and it would be a day-night contest. Australia have the best-record in day-night Tests as the side have not lost a single match that has been played with the pink ball. India and Australia A recently played a three-day practice game with the pink ball. Although the match ended in a draw, the visitors had plenty of positives from the match. One of which being Pant’s return to form as he scored a century in the second innings of the match.
“I think it was a pretty good scenario, when you are playing a three-day first-class game with the pink ball, it was important that we got a practice game with the pink ball. Our bowlers bowled really well, batsmen got some time in the middle, I think we got pretty good practice. Playing under the lights is difficult with the pink ball, the ball starts swinging, batting is relatably easier during the day time,” Pant told bcci.tv.
“We were dismissed quickly in the first innings, there was some moisture on the wicket in the first innings, the ball was swinging in the second innings as well. Everyone got an idea about the wicket and hence the second innings was better. When I went out to bat in the second innings on day two, quite a few overs were left in the day,” he added.
Pant had to score 19 more runs in the final over of the second day of the practice game to bring up his century. However, he ended up scoring 22 runs and as a result, he brought up his century.
“Hanuma Vihari and I planned on building a partnership and we planned on batting throughout the day. It was important that I got some time in the middle, the confidence is built slowly, and in the last over of the day, I scored 22 runs to bring up my century. In the last over of the day, I started hitting shots and Vihari told me that I can bring up a century. Eventually, I scored a ton and this gave me confidence,” he added.