Kolkata, Nov 22 (IESports) Indian Cricket is just hours away from embracing the pink revolution when a confident home side takes on Bangladesh in the historic maiden day-night test at Eden Gardens on Friday.
Virat Kohli and Co remain clear favourites in this match based on their recent form as they steamrolled the visitors in the first match of the series by an innings and 130 runs in Indore.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly convinced both teams to agree to a Day/Night Test match within a week after taking charge.
Cricket Association of Bengal has left no stones unturned to make this a grand event and mark it as a milestone in the history of Indian Cricket.
There are pink-ball mascots, a galaxy of sports and political dignitaries, including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, to be present at the venue to make it a carnival for the lovers of the game.
Indian skipper said, “We all are very excited. It will require more concentration, solid technique, a more compact game compared to the red ball. Decision-making has to be precise.”
“Dew is going to be the biggest difference between day-night Tests in India and other countries. I spoke to the match referee and it is something we will have to discuss as we go along with the game. We have to manage it in the best way possible. Dew will be a factor in the last session,” Kohli added.
India’s three-legged pace attack crafted with Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are expected run a good show here as the hosts’ pace attack bagged 14 wickets in the last match.
In the batting department India will depend on opening duo Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal who has been in superb form for a good start while skipper Kolhi, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane and local boy Wriddhiman Saha will take care of the things in the middle.
Already at the top of the World Test Championship standings, India would look to consolidate their position after another series victory.
On the other hand Bangladesh will be needing their batters to step up and take responsibility as only Mushfiqur Rahim posted a 50-plus score in the Indore Test.
Abu Jayed who impressed with his bowling in the last match will be again the one to look for in the visitors’ bowling department.
Amid the concerns about the twilight, early sunset, dew factor, a jam-packed Eden Gardens will be ready to embrace the historic day today.