Indian cricket lovers will see the first game with Pink ball at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Yes, it’s pink Ball neither the red ball nor the white ball. BCCI’s president Sourav Ganguly feels that it was important to introduce this new tradition in Indian cricket.
It all started in Adelaide. Australia played the first day-night Test match against New Zealand in 2015. The country with the most number of fans, India, is late to adopt this new format. Within one week after holding the new position of BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly has introduced the new format in India.
India will play the first day-night Test match against Bangladesh, starting from 22 November. The new tradition introduced in the Test match to bring more crowds in the Stadium. The motive looks to be accomplished as it is expected a full house at Eden Gardens during this historic Test match.
“It happens all around the world. Somewhere it had to start. India is the biggest country in terms of cricket. I think that rejuvenation was important,” the BCCI president said.
65,000 people will come to watch
After discussing with Indian captain Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly took the decision of launching day-night Test match in India. Fans are also excited to watch their favourites players as 65,000 people will come to watch on each of the first three days of the second Test match against Bangladesh.
“The challenge was to get people back into the ground. An India-Pakistan match would anyways get filled anywhere in the world. You just announce it and the crowd will be filled,” the former India skipper said.
“This was much more difficult and we managed to fill 65,000 on each of the first three days. It feels more satisfying,” he added.
Virat Kohli is a great Player: Sourav Ganguly
Big players like Virat Kohli should play in front of the crowd, not in an empty stadium, opined the former Indian captain and present BCCI President. Sourav Ganguly detects that Virat Kohli and Co. will be happy to play in front of the crowd at Eden Gardens.
“He is a great player and he should be playing in front of a packed house. He will be happy to see it full house when he walks out to bat on day one. You will love the atmosphere at the Eden so come and watch. You can’t have greats of the Indian cricket play in front of empty stands. And here you will have a full house for the first three days,” he added.
To make the day more memorable, army paratroopers will handover the pink ball to both the captains. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the day one of this Test match.