Sourav Ganguly Reveals How Long It Took Him To Convince Virat Kohli For Day-Night Test
India will finally get a taste of day-night Test later this month when they host Bangladesh in the historic game at the Eden Gardens. The second game of the two-match series will be played with the pink ball. The game will see both India and Bangladesh made their debuts in day-night Test. It took India some time to play their first ever day-night Test.
New Zealand and Australia had played the first-ever Test under lights way back in 2015. Since then, the likes of England, South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan also joined the list of teams who played day-night Test. However, the Indian team-management remained reluctant to it. The team-management was not ready to play in different condition and was not sure about how the pink ball would behave.
Well, newly-elected BCCI president Sourav Ganguly did not take long to convince the team for the day-night Test. Sourav Ganguly has now revealed it took him just three seconds to convince Virat Kohli about playing the Test.
“I met Virat on 25th October for an hour and my first question was, we need to have day-night Test cricket and the answer in three seconds was let’s go ahead and do it,” said Sourav Ganguly.
“I found him absolutely acceptable to play day-night Test matches,” he added.Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)
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Sourav Ganguly further rued the lack of enthusiasm among fans for Test cricket. The former India cricketer recalled his own time when the stands remained full before admitting that times have changed now.
“My 100th Test match was a boxing day Test match and there were 70,000 people watching the game on Day 1. You should have seen the Ashes not one seat is empty. I remember the last day in a Test match in Eden Gardens there were 1,50,000 people watching the game. However now people life has changed, societies have changed and people don’t turn up for Test cricket like they used to do,” he said.
Well, Sourav Ganguly will be hoping that a large number of fans turn up for the day-night Test. The BCCI supremo is taking all possible measures to make the occasion a grand one. He has already invited the Prime Ministers of both countries along with several former players.