Indian cricket stalwarts give their opinion on much debated pink ball
The meteoric rise of T20 cricket has seen a steady decline in the popularity of Test cricket. The slam-bang style and time-saving factor have made T20 cricket as the most popular among fans. Worried by the trend, International Cricket Council (ICC) has been taking different measures to save the traditional form of the game and one of the most major steps was the day-night cricket. While the format has received a lot of support the pink ball which is used to play the day-nighter is widely debated. Ever since its inception, the ball has been surrounded by a lot of issues, most notably the playing conditions to suit the pink ball and its durability. The cricketing world has been divided into two parts over the debate and now legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has expressed his reservation over the ball.
The batting maestro gave his opinion on the much-debated issue on the eve of India’s 500th Test to be played in Kanpur from Thursday (September 22). Sachin was a part of an expert panel which was also attended by other stalwarts of Indian cricket. It included Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar, Krishnamachari Srikanth, Ravi Shastri and Sourav Ganguly. Present captain Virat Kohli was a part of the panel too. And, in the audience were Sunil Gavaskar and Mohammad Azharuddin.
Instead of using pink ball, Sachin said that making a pitch that will favour the batsmen and bowlers equally will be a better option.
“Personally, I do not like the idea of playing with a pink ball. A lot of adjustments are being made and I feel the pink ball isn’t a good idea,” Sachin Tendulkar said.
“I am not sure how the pink ball will respond to evening dew. Pitches in different parts of the world behave in different ways. Like Durban has a different surface when the sun goes down. Possibly, a better way is to have wickets that favour bowlers equally,” Tendulkar said.
Echoing Sachin’s sentiments, Ravi Shastri said: “I agree with every bit of what Sachin said. Dew is a major factor. The way is to have a better balance between batting and bowling.”
“Test matches will be interesting and will draw the crowds if we ensure better wickets. In England and Australia, Test cricket still sees a full house. You have to make good quality wickets,” said Dilip Vengsarkar.
“As cricketers, we often forget where we are taking the game. But, today’s generation knows how to ensure that the crowds come in. In those days, we never thought this way. However, these youngsters will have to work extra hard to ensure that people watch Test cricket in large numbers,” opined Kapil.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s statement on Test cricket is a promising sign for the game. The batting star said that Test cricket’s importance will never decrease.
“We will keep Test cricket where it belongs. We will try our best to take the legacy forward,” said Kohli.
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