The pitch at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad came under the scanner after the match came to an end well within two days. However, if the feedback from Team India is to be considered, the fault lies in the pink-ball that was used and there were no demons on the wicket.
Meanwhile, out of the 30 wickets that fell in the match, spinners accounted for 28 of them over the course of the 2-day play at the Narendra Modi stadium, with the skidding pink-ball being seen as one of the prime reasons behind such collapses.
India unlikely to play more day-night Test matches
The feedback of the SG pink-ball is so poor that the players are now thinking of saying no to the Day-Night Tests altogether in the coming days. The visibility of the ball, the fact that it skids quickly are some of the top issues that have been highlighted. As per a report in The Indian Express, the feedback of Virat Kohli & Co is “being taken seriously” by the team management.
“What the players say is important. We will take a call soon on whether we should host pink-ball Tests in the future,” a BCCI official told the paper.
Moreover, a member of the Indian team management went into the depth of the issues being reported by the pink ball. Meanwhile, this is not the first time, Indian cricketers have earlier complained about SG balls.
“The problem when facing the pink ball is that it skids much faster compared to the red ball. Muscle memory makes batsmen believe that the ball will come at a particular speed after pitching like they are used to when playing with the red ball. But the pink ball comes much faster. This is a major issue. Also, our players are not keen to play Day-Night Tests because the pink ball has too many variables, including difficulty in sighting the ball,” the official said.
It remains to be seen how BCCI reacts to this considering their President Sourav Ganguly termed day-night matches as the future of Test cricket.