Bhajji wonders why India won’t play pink ball Tests

New Delhi: India must embrace day-night Tests and shed its apprehensions about the pink ball matches, seasoned spinner Harbhajan Singh suggested on Thursday. India have refused to play the Adelaide Test against Australia later this year under lights, inviting criticism from a number of players, including Mark Waugh and Ian Chappell. “I don’t know why they don’t want to play day-night Test matches. It’s an interesting format and we should try it. I am all for it,” Harbhajan said. “Tell me what’s the apprehension of playing with pink ball? If you play, you can adjust. It may not be as difficult as it seems ,” India’s third-highest wicket-taker in Tests said.

When told that Indian batsmen could have been in trouble under lights facing Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, it was an inimitable Harbhajan answer. “So what if you get out? We have fast bowlers to trouble them. And what makes us think our batsmen can’t take up the challenge of facing Aussie pacers. It’s a challenge and what’s the harm in taking up the challenge. When we were new to Test cricket, we had only learnt how to bowl with SG Test and then slowly learnt to bowl with kookaburra and dukes,” he said.