The third match of the 4-Test series between India and England will be played at the newly constructed Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. The match will take place day and night and will use the pink ball test. So if England team is thinking that their fast bowlers will get extra bounce from pink ball. If the ball swings too much, it may disappoint. Because there are reports that Motera’s pitch will be helpful to bowlers like Chennai. If this happens, England’s hopes of a return to the series could be dashed. It is important for Team India to continue in the race for the final of the Test World Championship (WTC).
That is why India would like to host this test and take advantage of domestic conditions. This will be possible only when there is a turning track in Motera, as India beat England by 317 runs on a similar pitch in the last Test. Indian spinners then took 17 wickets in both innings of the match. In such a situation, it will not be easy for Motera for England. A source close to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has told t he Indian Express about Motera’s pitch that the pitch will be helpful for the spinners in the third Test. Playing in domestic conditions will benefit Team India. In that case, he would have a full chance of reaching the final of the World Test Championship.
If we consider the players playing pink ball in domestic cricket, then this ball has more brightness, which is beneficial for spinners. According to leg-spinner Karn Sharma, it is not easy for batsmen to play spinners with a pink ball. Especially when the match is day-night. Sharing his experience, the bowler said that when he bowled with this ball in the Duleep Trophy. Hence he was the highest wicket taker. He said that this ball has more signatures. It is not easy for a batsman to catch googly. Sheldon Jackson, the batsman who played domestic cricket for Saurashtra, also believes that the pitch will be important in the Pink Ball Test. If there is grass on the pitch then the fast bowlers will prove to be effective.
But if the track is turning, it will not be easy for the spinners to play with the pink ball in the flood light. For this test, SK’s pink ball will be used in place of Kookaburra, because in the first day-night test held in Kolkata in 2019, players said that they had trouble seeing the ball. In the light, the Kookaburra ball slides fast on the pitch. The batsmen suffered a lot. In that Test against Bangladesh, Indian fast bowlers took a total of 19 wickets in both innings. The Indian spinner did not get a single wicket. However, this will not happen in Motera, so England’s return to the series will be a bit difficult.