Ahead of the ongoing pink-ball Test against England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, Sourav Ganguly, said that the hosts are favourites to win the match, set to begin on Wednesday.
After thrashing England by 317 runs in the second Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team will look to keep the winning momentum going in the ongoing pink-ball Test.
With the series currently tied at 1-1, a win will take them one step closer to a spot in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC). Notably, New Zealand have already qualified for the WTC final.
“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 are favourites here,” Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Ganguly also said that the pink-ball Test is the future of Test cricket. The Narendra Modi Stadium, the venue for the ongoing Test, has a seating capacity of 1,32,000. Speaking on the same, he said that the stadium is going to create history.
“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,” the former Indian skipper added.
“It’s really a big day for Indian cricket. Having such kind of facility is something which itself is saying everything. Motera Stadium is going to create history. We have many upcoming international tournaments and I am sure we’ll stage many matches here, it’s a fantastic stadium,” he concluded.