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I am really excited about this pink ball in Duleep Trophy: Ajinkya Rahane

ByPTI, Mumbai
Jul 16, 2016 07:42 PM IST

India batsman Ajinkya Rahane is excited at the prospect of playing with pink ball in the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament.

India batsman Ajinkya Rahane is excited at the prospect of playing with pink ball in the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament.

Ajinkya Rahane of Rising Pune Supergiants plays a shot during a IPL 2016 match against Delhi Daredevils.(PTI Photo)
Ajinkya Rahane of Rising Pune Supergiants plays a shot during a IPL 2016 match against Delhi Daredevils.(PTI Photo)

The Duleep Trophy will be played as a day-night tournament with pink ball this season.

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“I am really excited about this pink ball. A long time back, I think, in an emerging players tournament we played with a pink ball, we played with fluorescent, green ball,” Rahane was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.

“But that was a different company -- we played with Platypus ball then, but this Kookaburra is different and we will get an idea in the Duleep Trophy as to how it is behaving, what the bounce is like.”

“I saw this club match Mohun Bagan versus Bhowanipore on TV. The ball was doing a bit, swinging more than red ball, bounce was slightly more than red ball, but once we play, once we practice with that, then only we will get an idea of how to go about it.”

Rahane also expressed his satisfaction with the BCCI technical committee’s recommendation to play Ranji Trophy matches at neutral venues.

“I think the decision which BCCI made is really good. It is challenging when you play at neutral venues. Players will learn about their game, they will get to know how to go about it,” he said.

“You are actually thinking more about your game, your preparation will be more and your strategies before the game will be slightly different. Because, when you play home games, you know your home conditions, but when you play neutral games I think players will get mentally tougher,” the right-handed batsman said.

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