Five things we learnt from India’s first pink ball match

Nagendra / 24 June 2016
Sourav Ganguly

Indian cricket has taken a massive step as Eden Gardens hosted a pink ball day-night Super League final in an attempt to let the country know about the newly found innovation in the longest format of the game. The Bengal cricket board has helped BCCI as the board is keen to host a day-night test later this year against New Zealand.

Here are the five things we have learnt from the Super League final played earlier this week.

5. Seam friendly

The day-night test matches which were criticised for being very seam friendly has indeed added more to the criticism as the fast bowlers has dominated the Super League final with Mohammad Shami picking as many as 7 wickets in the match. Eden Gardens which is traditionally dominated by spinners has seen a new version as fast bowlers were the ones who picked the most of the wickets in the match.

4. Ganguly’s administration

Sourav Ganguly has been a driving force since he became the president of Bengal Cricket Association as he helping Indian cricket take new steps. The player is an ardent supporter of pink ball test cricket as he made the experiment ahead of all the others and has been quite successful with his attempt. BCCI have asked CAB to send their inputs to increase the experience in the upcoming matches in the domestic circuit.

3. Constructive approach in administration

Despite the decent success from the Super League final, BCCI needs to fine tune the inputs that are going to be provided by Bengal cricket board and have to experiment more with officially letting Team India play in an international day-night test match.

The board should not be in a hurry to conduct day-night test match but has to work more on the conditions to make sure that the contest is even between bat and ball as they look to organise the coveted match by the end of this year.

2. Ball needs more protection

One of the major challenges that is being faced by Indian grounds is to make sure that the ball remains with shine for the most part of the game. Ganguly have taken some inputs from ball manufacturer Kookaburra and have made sure that additional grass is put on both the sides of wicket in an attempt to make sure that the ball remains shiny which could help batsmen under lights.

The match has seen that the ball was fine for much-needed part of the match but can be improved by improving the conditions in the ground which will make the games more even.

1. India is ready to host day-night test match

Finally after Australia, India are ready to host their first ever day-night test match as the board has found considerable success in their very first attempt despite the challenges faced by the grounds in sub-continent. CAB has helped board as a lot as Ganguly has made an unbelievable attempt in quite a challenge and came out as a true winner. The most influential board in world cricket, BCCI is almost ready to deliver a whole new experience to the fans in the upcoming days.

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