CHENNAI: As captain Virat Kohli was finishing his post-match press-conference duties, Hardik Pandya was out within the centre to coach with the pink ball, with which the subsequent Check in Ahmedabad shall be performed.
Pandya had earlier had a half hour session on the observe grounds throughout lunch. In that session, Pandya was discovering it tough to cope with the ball coming in. He even received out as soon as off a observe bowler and kicked the plastic stumps in frustration. Batting coach Vikram Rathour had an extended dialog with him. It appeared Rathour was attempting to clarify to Pandya the right way to play nearer to the physique, one thing which he has to work on within the coming days.
As soon as the match was over, Pandya was requested to play spinners on the pitch used for the Check. Pandya hit fairly a number of into the stands when spinners Rahul Chahar and Ok Gowtham bowled, however he received out stumped a number of occasions.
Pandya, although, did not bowl in any respect and it will likely be attention-grabbing to see if the all-rounder begins rolling his arm over within the subsequent six days. “If he bowls a number of overs, he generally is a tremendous choice for the No. 7 slot, particularly in a pink-ball Check,” a supply mentioned.
Whereas Pandya batted the way in which he is aware of, Cheteshwar Pujara, who had a comparatively quiet match, additionally had an hour’s session on one of many centre strips towards the pink ball. The final time India performed a pink-ball Check, they have been shot out for 36 in Adelaide. “Pink-ball cricket goes to be a problem and we count on no simple cricket from England,” Kohli mentioned.
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In the meantime, James Anderson, who was rested for the second Check, went flat out on an adjoining pitch with the pink ball. It was an extended spell on a sizzling day and the lengths that he hit have been scarily good.
“The pink ball Test shall be totally different,” England captain Joe Root mentioned, giving the impression they need to bounce again.