Team India to play D/N Test in tour of Australia
The Indian cricket team is set to tour Australia for a four-match Test series in end of this year. The series is part of the ICC World Test Championship. Meanwhile, on Sunday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed India will play a Day-Night Test against the Aussies in the series. This will be India's second D/N Test ever. Here's more.
India had played their maiden D/N Test last year
Team India had refused to play a Day-Night Test against the Aussies in Adelaide when they toured the nation back in 2018/19. However, as Ganguly became BCCI president, the side played their maiden Day-Night Test against Bangladesh in November at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. It was India and Bangladesh's maiden D/N Test. India won the match by an innings and 46 runs.
We're ready and up for the challenge: Kohli
Last month, Indian captain Virat Kohli stressed that his team is ready to play a pink-ball Test anywhere in Australia. He said this in the eve of India's three-match ODI series opener at home against Australia. "We're ready and up for the challenge - whether it's Gabba, Perth... it doesn't matter to us. It's become a very exciting feature of any Test series."
Can India stop Australia's dominance in Day-Night Tests?
Australia have been unstoppable as far Day-Night Tests are concerned. The Aussies have played seven D/N Test matches so far. They have a 100% record. Recently, they hammered Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs in the D/N Test at the Adelaide. That was followed by a 296-run victory against New Zealand at the Perth Stadium in December 2019.
What's the status of the ICC World Test Championship?
India have won all seven Tests so far in the World Test Championship. They have 360 points from a total of three series played. Next up for Team India is a two-Test series against New Zealand away from home, starting February 21. Meanwhile, Australia are second with 296 points from three series. They face Bangladesh next. The Australia-India series is therefore of utmost significance.