In less than a fortnight, India take on Australia in a crucial ODI and T20 series. With dew starting to take effect in the CLT20, it already has the India players in a huddle.
Rajkot will host the only T20 on October 10 while all the seven day-night ODIs will be played at Pune, Jaipur, Mohali, Ranchi, Cuttack, Nagpur and Bangalore. Dew will be a big factor at this time of the year in most venues.
"We need to counter the dew factor," said Suresh Raina after the Chennai Super Kings' win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Thursday.
"There is going to be a lot of dew, you look at the venues and you know. It is very crucial that we sit down with Duncan (Fletcher) and prepare a game plan against Australia," said Raina, who along with a few other CSK players form the core of the India team.
Not only does dew make it difficult for a bowler to grip the ball, the outfield gets sluggish too. On the upside, batting becomes easier as the ball comes on quicker. Like in the late night game on Sunday where the Titans' fast bowlers were taken apart by Chennai, batting second.
The ODIs will start at 2.30 pm, while the T20 starts at 7pm, and in such a case, the toss will be crucial. While TV rights and advertisements are one of the biggest reasons for having day-night ODIs, exceptions have been made by the BCCI of late.
Two of the three ODIs against Pakistan last December started at noon, as did four of five ODIs against England in January, with the BCCI saying it had been done 'to counter the 'dew' factor and ensure the best playing conditions for both teams'.
It isn't known if there will be a rethink again on the BCCI's part this time. But if it happens, it would mean less worry for India.