India's 'fabulous five' can overcome pink-ball inexperience: Shastri
India coach Ravi Shastri acknowledged his team lack Australia's pink-ball experience but is convinced their "fabulous five" pacemen can bowl the tourists to a second successive Test series victory Down Under.
Australia have played seven day-night Tests, the most by any country, since 2015 and won each of them. India were late to embrace the innovation and played their only pink-ball Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata last year.
A mouth-watering four-Test series between the top two teams in the World Test Championship standings will get underway with a pink-ball contest at Adelaide from Dec. 17.
"We begin with pink-ball cricket where we lack experience," Shastri told the Sportstar magazine.
"We have played just one pink-ball Test, but there is a qualitative difference between them (Bangladesh) and Australia. It is like cheese and chalk.
"Our boys have not played much of pink-ball in domestic cricket, but I just want them to go and enjoy their game."
Skipper Virat Kohli, who led India to their maiden Test series victory in Australia two seasons ago, will return home after the Adelaide Test to attend the birth of his first child.