The first-ever Day-Night Test for India at Eden Gardens ended on a happy note for Virat Kohli and his men. Kohli-led India defeated Bangladesh in just over two days at Eden Gardens to make it a memorable Day-Night Test for them.
Although the Day-Night Test was a novelty and fans came out in large numbers to support their players, there’s still room for improvement in the new version of five-day format. Cricwizz makes a few suggestions to improve the Day-Night Test.
Better durable balls
India used SG balls for the Eden Gardens Test, and there were complaints that the ball went out of shape or lost its shine quite early. The SG ball had to be replaced after just 60 overs, when usually the red leather ball lasts for 80 overs.
If India wish to use SG balls in the future, the quality of the ball needs to improve to last longer. Or, the most popular and quality pink balls – Duke or Kookaburra – will have to be used to understand if the SG ball has real problems or it’s the same with all pink balls.
A practice match with a pink ball before the D-N Test
Virat Kohli has asserted the need to have a practice match with a pink ball before the Day-Night Test. And that’s justifiable as it takes some time to get used to Day-Night conditions and the pink ball.
It would also help the visiting team to get a better hold of the conditions before they take the opponent in the Day-Night Test.
Bangladesh were all at sea facing India in Day-Night Test. Hence, India would like to have a practice game with a pink ball if they play a Day-Night Test Down Under next year.
The dew factor is going to be a big issue in Day-Night Test. Team batting in the evening will be in a better position to dominate the match, while the opposition will struggle to grip the ball. In such a case, an early start depending on conditions will be ideal.
If the venue is known for its dew, then an early start won’t be of much harm. But if the required precautions are taken such as an anti-dew spray, then the original timings may be followed.
Day-Night Test should be flexible enough to guarantee fair play to all sides.
If the Day-Night Test has to get the eyeballs, then the stadiums must be spectator-friendly. Fans must be excited to skip everything and come to the stadiums and watch the match.
Rahul Dravid has asserted that just Day-Night Test won’t be alone to bring back the fans to the stadiums to watch a five-day game. The stadium must have proper parking, water and seating arrangements to draw in large numbers and keep Test cricket alive.
5 Test centres
The Eden Gardens Test proved that a Test at a big centre will draw in large numbers, regardless of the opponent. Hence, Kohli’s earlier suggestion to restrict Test matches to just 5 main centres would be ideal, and especially in Day-Night Tests.
A Day-Night Test is a costly affair, due to floodlights, and hence, it cannot compensate on the numbers in the stadiums. A small Test centre may not bring in the fans even if it’s a pink-ball Test.
But a big stadium can guarantee gate revenues, and more in Day-Night Test, the way Eden Gardens match proved.