'Batting under lights was difficult' - Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara admitted the challenges involved in negotiating the pink ball under floodlights and offered an explanation for Bangladesh's batting capitulation for the second time in two days.
Four Bangladesh batsmen were struck flush on the helmet during the first day-night Test for the two teams as the visitors were troubled by India's vivacious pace attack.
Ishant Sharma, fresh from a five-wicket haul in the first innings, was once again the chief destroyer managing to snare four Bangladesh scalps leaving the tourists tottering at 152-6 on day two.
Bangladesh need a further 89 runs to make India bat again while they appear to head towards another humiliating defeat.
Besides the batsmen's inability to handle quality pace bowling, Bangladesh players have had problems trying to sway from the line of the delivery in time to avoid serious injuries.
They are already without the services of Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan in the match, both of whom had to retire hurt leading to the requirement of concussion replacements.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun also survived vicious blows to the head but battled on with the former unbeaten on 59.
"I thought the light and the pink ball had a role to play because as a batsman, it is not easy to pick the ball, especially the short balls," Pujara told reporters.
"As far as I know, they [Bangladesh] haven't even played any first-class game with the pink ball. So it's not easy," he explained.
Amidst the festive Eden Gardens atmosphere accompanying India's day-night Test debut, Pujara's comments underscore some of the concerns raised by batsmen regarding the visibility of the pink ball.
Pujara, 31, batted brilliantly in the tough conditions to bring up the 24th fifty of his Test career whereas skipper Virat Kohli scored a dominant 136.
Despite his success, the top-order batsman was keen to highlight the stiff task of playing under lights.
"Batting under lights was difficult when I batted yesterday. I think the first session is easier to bat because there are no lights," said Pujara.
"When there are lights, the ball starts swinging a little more. So it is a bit challenging."