Red-ball or Pink-ball – Which is better? India’s Test format’s batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara revealed his preferred choice of ball for Test cricket. The 33-year-old who played a crucial role in India’s historic 2-1 victory in Australia said that he would prefer red ball over pink ball.
In a Sports Today interview, Pujara reckoned that although the format of the game remains the same, playing pink ball is a different ball game altogether.
“I would prefer to play with the red ball if given the choice because it’s a different ball game all together as a batter you need to have a different strategy. Yes, pink-ball is a different ball game. Although it’s the same format, I feel it’s a different ball game. So given a choice, I will prefer to play with a red ball,” Cheteshwar Pujara said.
Notably, India have played only 2 pink-ball Test matches till date. They had won their first-ever pink ball Test at Eden Gardens against Bangladesh, while in their first-ever overseas pink ball Test, Virat Kohli’s men lost by 8 wickets to Australia.
India were shockingly bundled out for 36 in the 2nd inning of Adelaide Test in December 2020. However, India bounced back from there and outshined Australian in the next 3 Tests with the red ball.