Sourav Ganguly backs ‘inevitable’ day-night Tests

first_imgDay-night Tests are starting to become a regularity in the world of cricket now.With most of the big Test-playing nations having already played a day-night Test and Adelaide hosting one every year since 2015, India is still shying away from embracing the new trend.India haven’t played a single day-night Test till now and only Ireland, who have only recently got the Test-nation status, have that statistic to show.However, despite the national setup’s reluctance on play a day-night Test, Sourav Ganguly has been the torch-bearer of pink ball cricket in India.Ganguly was the first one to bring pink ball cricket in India when the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) hosted a CAB Super League Final between Bhowanipore Club and Mohan Bagan on July 18, 2016. Since then even the Duleep Trophy has seen the usage of pink balls.Ganguly, on Thursday, backed day-night Test cricket, saying it is inevitable considering how the longest format of the sport is struggling for existence.”It is inevitable, it has to happen someday. It is very simple, a pink ball will be used instead of the red cherry and people will come and watch in the evening,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event in Kolkata.On the other hand, the CAB president also heaped praise on Rohit Sharma for scoring his third ODI double century, but felt “sorry” for the Sri Lankans.”I feel sorry for the Sri Lankans. Earlier it was (Virender) Sehwag, (Sachin) Tendulkar and now it’s (Virat) Kohli and Rohit Sharma,” Ganguly said.advertisement”It was a remarkable innings. He took just 36 balls to convert his century into a double. I was watching the Sri Lankan bowlers and I said Jesus! He just kept sweeping them into the stands,” he said.”Time has changed with T20 format. He is a serious player. His one-day record this year is probably the best in the world along side David Warner and Virat Kohli. I expect him to play the same way.”(With inputs from IANS)last_img

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