'Just 3 seconds': Sourav Ganguly on time taken to convince Virat Kohli on Day/Night Tests

Indian Express

Indian Express

Author 2019-11-02 23:12:35

Indian Express 2 Nov 2019 20:42 PM

The Indian team had previously put down Australia's request for a pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval last year, while a suggestion to host West Indies in a similar Day/Night Test too had been shelved.

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Sourav Ganguly said on Saturday that India captain Virat Kohli agreed to play a Day/Night Test with the pink ball against Bangladesh in three seconds.

“Honestly I don’t know why and what was the reason they did not want to play and accept the D/N Test (in Adelaide). I met him for an hour and the first question was we need to have Day/Night Tests and the answer in three seconds was let’s go ahead and do that,” Ganguly said about meeting Kohli ahead of the selection committee meeting in Mumbai on October 24.

Ganguly was talking at the book launch of five-time ICC ‘Umpire of the Year’ Simon Taufel, titled ‘Finding The Gaps’.

The Indian team had previously put down Australia’s request for a pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval last year, while a suggestion to host West Indies in a similar Day/Night Test too had been shelved.

The visibility of the ball has been said to be a problem for Indian players. Besides, there is an issue with the ball itself. In India, SG balls are used for Tests. The pink one for Duleep games were made by Kookaburra. The SG ball, which will be used in the Bangladesh Test, has been virtually untested in these conditions.

“Now people’s lives have changed, you cannot leave offices so that’s when you have to make adaptability. That’s important. Most number of times change is good. A lot of time, we hold on to things thinking what you believe is right,” Ganguly said on Saturday.

Simon Taufel said at the event, “It has worked in other parts of the world, Adelaide particularly. I’ve been to the Day/Night Test there. Certainly, it’s very popular. I hope people here will approach this Test in Kolkata with an open mind. It may be part of the solution.”

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