The return of the pink-ball Test match has played a significant part in the resurgence of Test cricket. When Australia hosted their Trans-Tasman rivals, New Zealand, at the Adelaide Oval in November 2015, they became the first team to adopt this style of cricket in the world. Throughout the years that have passed, the notion has only served to raise the overall prominence of the conventional version of the game.
Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has said that he does not care for the day-night format of the Test matches. Further clarifying his position, the former batting great said that Test cricket should be played with the conventional red ball, adding that, although pink-ball Tests have produced positive outcomes in the past, both bowlers and batsmen have expressed dissatisfaction with the red ball.
When it comes to Tests, the red ball has to be used: Mohammad Azharuddin
“I’m not a huge fan of pink-ball cricket, to put it mildly. When it comes to Tests, the red ball needs to be used. It’s a long-standing custom that, in my view, should be preserved and protected. I understand that (pink-ball Tests) are producing results. but bowlers and batsmen have expressed dissatisfaction with the format in the past,” Azharuddin stated, as reported by Sportstar.
Team India has played four pink-ball Test matches so far this year. However, although they are yet to suffer a defeat in this format of the game at home, they have suffered a humbling loss to Australia in their first-ever overseas Test under lights in December 2020. The Men in Blue also recorded their lowest Test score of 36 at the Adelaide Oval.
Indian team played their first day-night Test against Bangladesh at the legendary Eden Gardens in Kolkata. They went on to win by an innings and 46 runs. It was the team’s first day-night test match ever. Later, in February 2021, they defeated England by ten wickets at the newly-renovated Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Most recently, they defeated Sri Lanka by 238 runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
When it comes to pink-ball Tests, Australia has had the greatest success by far, with a perfect 9-0 record.