The BCCI has passed to make the project successful in hosting the first day/night pink-ball Test match in India. The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly feels that people throughout the country should experience this new era of Test cricket.
Initially, the recently concluded day/night Test match at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) was also a normal Test match. However, just after taking up the role of BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly quickly set up the day/night Test match.
While the BCCI President worked really hard to make this special Test match successful, they received hugely positive responses from the public, even before the beginning of this Test match. The first four days tickets were sold out even before the day one of this Test match.
While the Eden Gardens presented totally the filled-up stadium, Virat Kohli-led Indian team won this historic Test match by an innings and 46 runs.
In the reaction of this Test match, Sourav Ganguly told Star Sports, “I am relaxed, relieved and happy. We wanted to do this for Test cricket. It is so important. People were not turning up for Test cricket. We did a lot of things (promotion) during and before this Test. It was sold out all throughout even today though the game was expected to finish early.”
Sourav Ganguly believes that the present team deserves to play in the jam-packed cricket stadium.
He added, “I remember the 2001 Test (India-Australia). There were more than 100,000 people in this stadium and you don’t want champions like Kohli, Rohit or Ishant to play in front of empty stands. So, I am extremely happy to see this.”
This will revive Test cricket because it is different for people – Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly is hopeful to spread this day/night Test match to all over the country as he believes that it will revive the Test cricket in India. Apart from Eden Gardens, Ganguly wants to spread this game in other big stadiums in India.
The BCCI President said, “Hopefully it will spread to other parts of the country and I am convinced it will. This will revive Test cricket because it is different for people. Everything changes with time including people’s taste.
“I remember when T20 started in 2007 and India won the World Cup, the format was not given a lot of value. 10 years later, not a single seat is empty when a T20 is played. And this was the first pink Test.
“I believe (that it will be a success) because I have played the game. I want these champion players should always play in front of the packed stadium.
“It can’t just be in Eden Gardens all the time. It needs to go to other parts of the country. There are very big grounds in India. People throughout the country should experience this.”
If this was day four, day five, spinners would have slowly come into the game
Sourav Ganguly feels that the conditions were perfectly fine in the day/night Test match. He also believes that the spinners could also play an important role if the game stretched to day four and five.
He commented, “The conditions were perfectly fine. There was worry about the dew, whether you would be able to bowl in the night. This Eden pitch has grass, it is not the old pitch anymore. If this was day four, day five, spinners would have slowly come into the game.”
While the Indian fast bowlers dominated in this Test match, Sourav Ganguly has a no different feeling between the red and pink ball. He also believes that the other issues with the pink ball will be extinct soon when the pink ball Test will begin to keep going in India.
Ganguly added, “The fast bowlers have always got help here. I have not seen anything different with the red ball. When there are good conditions in England or during the winters in India, the ball does a bit. So, the conditions were fine.
“There were few words about the pink ball but it is only going to get better when you keep playing. You have to produce one ball once in 10 years, it is not going to be at its best (initially). So those things will keep happening but the most important thing for me was four days of the Test match, I had 55000 tickets sold.”