Virat Kohli-led India are set to create history in the second and final Test match against Bangladesh on Friday as they gear up for their first day-night Test. Ahead of the much-anticipated match, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly said that the Indian captain across all formats will be pleased to witness a full house at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Often considered as the Home of Indian cricket – the Eden Gardens will host India’s firs-ever Day and Night Test match, scheduled for a start on November 22nd in Kolkata.
For both teams, this will be their first attempt to explore the unknown as India, Bangladesh look forward to playing the series-decider under floodlights. Ganguly, who pioneered India’s historic journey of embracing pink ball cricket believes the oldest format of the game needs rejuvenation and day-night cricket is the only way forward.
“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 said.
“The challenge was to get people back into the ground. An India-Pakistan match would anyways get filled anywhere in the world. You just announce it and the crowd will be filled,” the former India skipper said. “This was much more difficult and we managed to fill 65,000 on each of the first three days. It feels more satisfying,” he added.