After 4 years of saying no to one of Test cricket’s biggest innovations, India are all set to play the 1st ever Day-night Test against Bangladesh from November 22.
8 Test-playing nations have played a total of 11 Day-night Tests so far. India and Bangladesh are all set to become the 9th and 10th cricketing nations to get a taste of top-tier pink-ball cricket.
Eden Gardens in Kolkata is gearing up to host the historic Test match. The iconic venue which has hosted some of the most memorable matches in the history of the sport is all set to be part of another important chapter in Indian cricket.
Led by newly-appointed BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, the preparations for the 1st ever pink ball Test in the country are going on in full swing.
Eden Gardens has turned pink well ahead of the pink-ball Test. While the stands have been lit with pink lights, a pink-coloured balloon is flying over the stadium in Kolkata.
The historic match will kickstart with Army paratroopers flying into the Eden Gardens to hand over a pink ball each to the two captains just before the toss.
This will be followed by the ringing of the customary Eden Bell by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Several former cricketers, including India’s Fab Five, are expected to be present on Day 1 of the Test along with big names from other sports, including PV Sindhu and Vishwanathan Anand.
It’s certainly a big occasion for Eden Gardens and the city that loves cricket. Fittingly, the cricket stadium is all set to join an elite list of Indian venues that have hosted the 1st match of a particular format of the sport.
Gymkhana Ground, Bombay
India played their 1st ever Test match at Lord’s in 1932. When England toured the Asian nation in the pre-independence era, the Gymkhana Ground or the Azad Maidan hosted the match in December 1933.
Thereby, Gymkhana Ground became the 1st venue in India to host a Test match. The Indian team led by CK Nayudu lost the Test match by 9 wickets.
Lala Amarnath shone for India as he scored 118 to help India avoid an innings defeat.
Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
India played their 1st ODI in 1974 but it took them 7 more years to host an ODI. In fact, India played in Pakistan before hosting an ODI at home.
In 1981, India took on England in the 1st ever ODI played in India at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad.
A Sunil Gavaskar led team lost to England by 5 wickets after posting just 156/7 in 46 overs.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi
India played their 1st day-night ODI in 1984 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. It was the 1st time a day-night ODI was played outside Australia.
India lost to Australia in a 48-ver match failing to chase a target of 221.
Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai hosted the 1st T20I in India in 2007. India won against Australia after gunning down a 167-run target.
Gautam Gambhir shone with a 52-ball 63 for the MS Dhoni-led Indian side.