Sourav Ganguly Says Virat Kohli Will Be Satisfied To See Massive Crowd For Pink-Ball Test

Updated - 18 Nov 2019, 05:04 PM

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI
Sourav Ganguly (Credit: Twitter)

It is always a good story to write about when India wins a match in their backyard. After losing the first T20I against Bangladesh, the Indians came from behind to seal the T20I series 2-1 in a grand fashion under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. Coming to the Test series, Indian national cricket team led by Virat Kohli comprehensively got the better of Bangladesh and registered a 130-run innings victory.

Now they will be looking forward to playing their first pink-ball Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Ahead of the historic day-night match, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly added that Virat Kohli will be more than satisfied to see fans turning up in numbers at the Eden Gardens. Earlier, during the Test series against South Africa, the Indian captain was not pleased with full attendance at the stadiums.

Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli, Perth
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He even went on to suggest that BCCI should plan for dedicated five-Test centres across the country. Though there hasn’t been any update regarding this, one would hope that the pink-ball Test would draw fans to the stadium. Both the teams stayed in Indore right after the conclusion of the first Test and started their preparations under lights for the Kolkata Test.

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India is the biggest country in terms of cricket: Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly said that India is the biggest country in terms of the gentleman’s game and he believes that pink-ball cricket is important for the evolution of Indian cricket. “It happens all around the world. Somewhere it had to start. India is the biggest country in terms of cricket. I think that rejuvenation was important,” the BCCI president added in a statement.

Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli, Australia vs India 2018.
Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli. (Photo by Debajyoti Chakraborty/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Sourav Ganguly showered praise on Virat Kohli and added that a big game player certainly deserves a tightly-packed crowd. Terming Kohli as the batting great, the BCCI President stressed on the fact that the Indian captain doesn’t deserve to play in front of empty stands. However, he insisted that the Home of Indian cricket – the Eden Gardens will attract more fans which would please Kohli to the core.

“He is a great player and he should be playing in front of a packed house. He will be happy to see it full house when he walks out to bat on day one. You will love the atmosphere at the Eden so come and watch. You can’t have greats of the Indian cricket play in front of empty stands. And here you will have a full house for the first three days,” he added.

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