The Indian cricket team is currently preparing for their maiden day-night Test vs Bangladesh to be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata from November 22. As this will be the country’s first taste of the SG pink ball at the international level, the players are leaving no stone unturned before they step into the unknown on Friday. But this hasn’t stopped the cricketers to have some fun while practicing.
India’s premier off-spinner R Ashwin was spotted trying to bowl like former Sri Lankan all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya during a nets session under lights on Sunday. Even though Ashwin is a right-arm bowler, the spinner can be seen copying the famous left-arm bowling action of Jayasuriya as India bowling coach Bharath Arun watches on.
In a video clip that has since surfaced on social media, Ashwin can be seen following a similar run-up as Jayasuriya – diagonally crossing the space between where the umpire is supposed to stand and where the stumps are normally placed. While imitating, at one instance Ashwin also loses the ball before bursting into laughter. Ashwin though does manage to get some turn from his funny action.
“Obviously, it’s a challenge to play with the pink ball. The ball has a lot more lacquer. I haven’t even bowled a single ball with the pink ball. Obviously I just saw it. Sometimes I don’t understand if its orange or pink, still coming to terms with that,” Ashwin had said on Thursday after the end of 1st day’s play against Bangladesh in the 1st Test.