Wriddhiman Saha has represented Indian in 11 Tests and 9 ODIs so far
Wriddhiman Saha has represented Indian in 11 Tests and 9 ODIs so far

It was a historic day for Indian cricket on Saturday as the country witnessed its first ever day-night match, played with the pink ball. It was the CAB Super Cup final between Mohan Bagan Athletic Club and Bhowanipore at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. CAB chief Sourav Ganguly has gone out of his way to make this match a success and after Day 1 of the match, it seems to have gone well for him. Players and umpires have a lot to say about the quality of the pink ball. Mohan Bagan were bowled out for 286 just at the stroke of stumps. Pink ball match, Live Cricket Score, Mohun Bagan vs Bhowanipore Club, Day 1

Indian Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha got a first-hand experience of facing the pink ball. He said “We took our stance some yards outside the crease in order to counter the swing,” Saha was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

“The ball continued to swing even during the latter stages, which doesn’t happen with a red ball. If you apply yourself against the pink ball and on this kind of a green wicket, you will surely get runs. That’s what Anustup [Majumdar] did. I too could’ve got more if not for that false stroke.”

Bengal opener Majumdar top-scored with 83 and brushed aside the lack of visibility of the pink ball. The ball came nicely on to the bat,” he said. “Visibility was not a problem as the ball is a bit glossy. It was skidding and seaming. Initially it was a bit difficult, but once you’re set, shot-making became easy. You need to apply yourself.” READ: Mohammed Shami, Wriddhiman Saha set to get first-hand experience of day-night cricket with pink ball

Bhowanipore seamer Geet Puri says that he enjoyed bowling with the pink ball. “The ball felt much lighter. I really enjoyed bowling with the pink Kookaburra. It had much better control.” There was a warning, though. “Unlike in the red cherry, we can’t keep the shine on one side with the pink ball,” Puri said. “I don’t think it will reverse,” as quoted by Hindustan Times.

One of the umpires officiating the match Premdip Chatterjee said that he was surprised to see the hardness of the pink ball. “I was surprised to see the hardness of the ball even after 57 overs,” umpire Premdip Chatterjee was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. “And unlike the white Kookaburra, the seam was still standing up.”