India’s veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is hopeful that the pink ball Test will embark a new beginning for Test cricket. The oldest format of the game has struggled to keep up in the age of T20 cricket. The crowd has hardly turned out in numbers and Ashwin is hopeful that Day-Night Test matches will be able to turn the tables.
People can come to watch the match after office hours and the pink ball Test was the need of the hour. India will play its maiden pink-ball Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens and the excitement is at a different level.
Speaking on Nerolac Cricket Live on Star Sports, Ashwin said: “I just hope this marks the beginning of where we get huge crowds coming into the stadium and Test cricket gets its credit and obviously with the change in timings people can afford to finish their work and come into the game, watch it and enjoy it.”
It is going to be a different ball game altogether.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the tickets for the first four days have been sold out. Thus, it is expected to be a jam-packed Eden Gardens stadium from November 22.
On the other hand, Mohammed Shami who has been in the sublime form believes that the middle session will be pivotal for the batsmen.
“The middle session should be the main focus for batsman while using the pink ball unlike the morning session that is usually considered the most important in a Test match as it will have more of a swing in Eden Gardens,” Shami said.
It would be interesting to note how the pink ball will behave and how the teams will adjust their game. There have been many speculations but it is going to be on the players how quickly they can make the switch.
The historic Test will begin on November 22.