Former Indian cricketer and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has termed India as favourites in the pink ball test against England in Motera. Both teams will go in the match with the series tied at 1-1, and a win in Ahmedabad will ensure that they won’t lose the series. The game is also important in the context of the World Test Championship. If India wins the series, they’ll march into the finals of the World Test Championship where they will face New Zealand at Lords. For England to qualify, they need to win the remaining two games. Speaking to ANI, Ganguly said that the momentum is with India after their emphatic victory in the second Test at Chennai.
“Indian cricket has changed a lot and our cricketers have done so well. I am sure if we play well, we are going to win it. I generally don’t predict but I feel India is favourite here.”
India seems to be on the right track as they bowled out England for a paltry 112 in the first inning of the third Test. England opted to bat after winning the toss but were blown away by some outstanding bowling from Axar Patel who ended up with a six-wicket haul. Ravichandran Ashwin too picked up 3 wickets. Ganguly further said that the pink ball Test is the future of Test cricket. This is India’s second day night test at home. Earlier, they hosted Bangladesh in a pink ball test at Eden Gardens in 2019.
“Pink-ball Test is the future of Test cricket. I remember when we hosted the pink-ball Test vs Bangladesh in Kolkata, it was a jam-packed stadium and the crowd also loved it. Cricketers also enjoy it, so I feel the pink-ball test has a long way to go.”