Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid stated that he would have loved to be part of the Day-Night Tests. Dravid was one of the strongest technical batsmen and there is no doubt that he would have loved the difficulties of batting against the pink ball. Meanwhile, the current National Cricket Academy director was present for India’s maiden day-night Test against Bangladesh.
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Dravid believes the crowd turning out in numbers is a great sign for the game. The opening day of the second Test match saw 45,000 in attendance and the atmosphere at Eden Gardens was electric. The Wall is hopeful that such Test matches can be arranged more frequently.
Rahul Dravid is hopeful of more matches like these.
“Brings back some lovely memories and I’m so happy to be here. When you have 45-50,000 people it is amazing. It is an incredible atmosphere and lovely to see this kind of crowd. It is superb and what more can you ask for? I hope we can do this more often,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid has had very sweet memories of playing at Eden Gardens. Dravid had scored 180 runs against Australia in the famous Kolkata Test and his alliance with VVS Laxman had turned Indian cricket forever.
“Would have loved (to play Day-Night Tests). I always wanted to play in front of 40,000-50,000 people. When we played at the Eden Gardens in 2001, you had 100,000 people watching and that gave us joy,” he explained.
On the other hand, Bangladesh was skittled out for a paltry score of 106 runs. Dravid believes the visitors had a tough time with the bat as the ball was doing a lot for the Indian seamers.
“In the first two hours today we saw the Bangladesh batsmen struggle. They were out for 106. Before there was the effect of the new ball in the morning, now you will have the effect in the evening session,” Dravid pointed out.
Meanwhile, Indian skipper Virat Kohli recently said that the pink ball should not become the norm for Test cricket. Dravid put his weight behind the current captain and stated that Kohli didn’t criticize it.
“No no, he didn’t criticize it. He was supportive of it and I think it is a great idea,” Dravid signed off.
India is 68 runs in front and they would like to continue their domination on the second day.