The moment the former India U-19 bowler Ravikant Singh of Bhowanipore bowled the first ball of the match to Jayojit Basu of Mohun Bagan, history was created as Pink ball was tested for the first time in India. The first day of the historic match made it presence felt with international players playing the game. Along with live telecast of the game and world class commentators made it more interesting. Everything was going right before a journalist took to twitter to share a news that Mohammad Shami is playing with a BCCI logo on his helmet. The news went viral and from there everyone came to know about this. This invited a fine for Mohammad Shami.
According to the rule made before the start of Ranji Trophy 2014, BCCI has disallowed players to use a gear having the logo of BCCI on it. If by chance a player does not have any other gear, then he needs to tape that part of the gear. We saw Gautam Gambhir, Unmukt Chand, Virender Sehwag coming out to bat with a taped helmet during Ranji trophy. During India A matches too we saw players coming out to bat with a taped helmet hiding that part of the gear.
There is a simple and logical reason behind this as BCCI thinks that the logos of BCCI gives the extra limelight to the players and other feels may feel complex due to this. Also playing with gears which have BCCI logo implanted in it gives a sense of superiority to a player. To put a break on this, BCCI passed a rule two years ago.
Besides this small hiccup, everything went according to the plan on Day ,1 as much as thousand people came here to watch the match, the population shot up to ten thousand on day two. Those who were keen to see nature of the pink ball also cleared their doubts.
From the scores of Day 1 and based on opinions from players and umpires; it can be concluded that pink ball has much for the pacers but little less for the spinners. The ball is skidding well onto the surface but spinners are struggling with the pink ball. Regarding the tear and wear of the ball, no issue prevails in that area. Also, the ball was visible quite well under the lights and the issue regarding its visibility under floodlights have been cleared. It looks like CAB has put the right foot and we will surely see Eden Garden becoming first ground in India hosting Day/Night test later this year.
At the end of Day 1, Mohun Bagan had made 278/8.
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