Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar believes it would’ve hugely benefitted India had the test series ended with the Day-Night test instead of starting off with it in Australia. The Indian team landed in Australia, post the completion of the IPL where they played the ODI series first, followed by the T20 series and then finally edged into the Test match atmosphere.
India suffered a pounding defeat in the Pink Ball test as they were bundled out for a mere 36 in the second innings of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval. The batting collapse left Australia to chase a target of just 91 as they avenged the Indian side comprehensively in the first test.
India Would’ve Benefitted Had The Pink Ball Test Was Played At The End: Sachin Tendulkar
Batting Maestro Sachin Tendulkar strongly believes the pink ball test should’ve been scheduled to play at the end instead of starting off with it. Tendulkar feels with India having played the last test way back in February the players hadn’t completed adapted to the longer format. With the test starting with the day-night Test, it inevitably didn’t really go in India’s favour.
“The first Test itself was a bit of apprehension, I felt because the last Test we had played before the Adelaide Test was in February and after that, no cricket was played [due to Covid-19 pandemic]. Everyone was preparing for the IPL, which was a T20 format,” Tendulkar told IANS in an interview.
Sachin Tendulkar further added how the Test series should’ve been begun with the red ball tests first followed by the pink ball test in the end. According to Sachin Tendulkar, since Indians were used to playing a lot of Pink ball cricket, playing the subsequent test, in the end, would’ve been better as the transition from red to pink-ball cricket would’ve been a lot smoother.
“According to me, the ideal transition would have been that after the IPL you go to Australia and start with the T20 series, ODIs, and then the Test series with the red ball [regular Test match timings], and the last match being with the pink ball [adapting to pink-ball Test match timings] that one is not so used to, By playing red-ball Test matches first, the transition would have been smoother to pink-ball Test, according to me,” he emphasised.