Gautam Gambhir Requests Sourav Ganguly To Have A Pink Ball Ranji Trophy Final

Updated - 28 Nov 2019, 02:06 PM

Gautam Gambhir, Mark Waugh
Gautam Gambhir (Credit: Twitter)

Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir has showered praise on BCCI President Sourav Ganguly for making India’s historic day-night Test a grand success. India won the pink-ball affair by an innings and 46 runs against Bangladesh, a game that lasted a little over two days as India complete a 2-0 whitewash at home. More than 42,000 fans turned up to watch the match in what was the icing on the cake.

Virat Kohli & Co are comfortably sitting on top of the ICC Test Championship points table with 360 points. Their dominance is so good that their overall tally is above the total points accumulated by all other teams put together (292). Australia are the second-best team so far as they have recorded 116 points.

Gautam Gambhir, Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli
Gautam Gambhir. Credits: Twitter

Gambhir echoed that he was at the Home of Cricket, Eden Gardens to watch the pink ball test and he was indeed pleased with what he has seen so far. “I was at Eden Gardens and the Pink Ball Test was done really well by Sourav Ganguly and his team. There was just enough hype and drama around the game. I was happy to see that fans’ interest was not compromised,” he added.

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Gautam Gambhir requests Ganguly to have a pink-ball Ranji Trophy final

In the wake of pink ball success in India, Gambhir has called upon Sourav Ganguly to have a Ranji Trophy final with a pink ball. He also went on to talk about the visibility of the pink ball under the lights.  “I’d now request Dada to have a Ranji Trophy final with a pink ball. My contribution to the pink ball Test was a pocket square that I teamed with my grey and blue suits that I wore while commentating.

A few players said the same thing about the visibility of the pink cricket ball. I think these are early days for the colour pink to find a place in my wardrobe and in the Test cricket arena. We need to lean on time rather than jumping to conclusions and discarding it,” Gambhir opined.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir (Credits: Twitter)

The former Indian opener Gambhir said that day-night Test matches opening sessions will be quite easier for the batsmen as the match will be played under the afternoon sun. He stressed on the point saying that the sessions that are played under lights will have the ball zipping around which makes the job relatively easier for the fast bowlers. Indian fast bowlers made use of the conditions pretty well and ripped through the defences of Bangladeshi batsmen.

“We need to understand that in day-night Test matches opening sessions will be relatively easier for the batsmen as they will be played under the afternoon sun. It is the sessions that are played under lights that will have the ball darting around. It is nonsense to correlate Bangladeshi batsmen getting hit and visibility of the ball. Bangladesh has been unfortunate to have run into a world-class Indian fast bowling attack,” Gambhir remarked.

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