Extravaganza with netizens

Pink ball test: As it happened

Joyous Netizens flooded with celebratory tweets and posts as India plays it’s historic first Pink Ball test at Eden Gardens vS Bangladesh.

Netizens took to Twitter to express their happiness over the historic event which got doubled as India Bamboozled Bangladesh for mere 106. Tweets with the caption “Pink ball test” and “IndVban” have been trending on the site, ever since. 

Few feats, no better place to come this but at Eden Gardens

BCCI @BCCI 100 dismissals and counting for @Wriddhipops in the longest format of the game #PinkBallTest

Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha

The bowling has been excellent again but @Wriddhipops has been simply sensational behind the stumps.

Mohandas Menon @mohanstatsman

for Cheteshwar Pujara today at Eden Gardens…

– 50 catches in Tests

– 15000 first-class runs 

#IndvBan #IndvsBan



Ishant Sharma claimed a 9-fer

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Ishant Sharma claimed a 9-fer

Mohandas Menon @mohanstatsman

The last occasion Ishant Sharma claimed a five wicket haul at home – nearly 12 years ago at Bangalore in Dec 2007 against Pak.He was then playing his only 2nd Test match of his career and was just 19 years! Today he is playing his 96th Test match!

#IndvBan #IndvsBan



A pumped up @ImIshant after he picks up his 5-wkt haul in the #PinkBallTest.
#TeamIndia Pacers have bowled out Bangladesh for 106 runs in the first inning.

After Liton Das, Mohammed Shami pings Nayeem Hasan on the helmet

Gaurav Kalra @gauravkalra75
hey shami, its only a different coloured cricket ball, not a murder weapon #INDvBAN #PinkBallTest


In the end, it’s all about the #SpiritOfCricket. #TeamIndia physio, Mr. Nitin Patel attends to Nayeem after he gets hit on the helmet.


Soon, Nayeem Hasan has been also replaced by Taijul Islam.

Vikram Sathaye @vikramsathaye

I think it’s unfair on this Bangladeshi team to face our fast bowlers. There has to be Level A and Level B in test cricket. #INDvsBAN

Bharath Seervi @SeerviBharath

Concussion sub in Tests:

Labuschagne for Smith v Aus, Lord’s

Blackwood for Darren Bravo v Ind, Kingston

De Bruyn for Elgar v Ind, Ranchi

Mehidy Hasan for Liton Das v Ind, Kolkata

Taijul Islam for Nayeem Hasan, Kolkata


Indian pace trio bundled out Bangladesh @106

Deepu Narayanan @deeputalks
Shortest 1st innings of a Test in India

20.0 Ind v SA Ahmedabad 2007/08

27.0 Ind v NZ Mohali 1999/00

30.3 Ban v Ind Kolkata 2019/20 *

30.5 Ind v WI Delhi 1987/88

Previous shortest by a visiting side: 49.1 overs by Pak, Bengaluru, 1986/87 (Pak won by 16 runs)

Deepu Narayanan @deeputalks
Indian seamers taking all ten wickets in an innings in home Tests
vs Eng Mumbai WS 1981/82

vs WI Ahmedabad 1983/84

vs SL Kolkata 2017/18

vs Ban Kolkata 2019/20 *

Aniket Mishra @aniketmishra299
1998, IND v AUS at Eden – Amazing win for us but what is oft forgotten is we played with 3 spinners with Ganguly opening the bowling. Without taking anything away from Dada, super proud to see the 3 seamers taking all wickets today. Safe to say, we have come a long way in that dept.

Aakash Chopra @cricketaakash

More than anything else TEST cricket is crying for a ConTEST. #IndvBan

Swag at Edens

Abhideep Das @Sportingabhi
There may be PM of a nation and CM of a state along with the biggest name in world cricket present at #EdenGardens, but there’s only one ‘Moharaj’ in City of Joy. The roof came down when the cameras showed DADA briefly on the big screen!
#PinkBallTest #IndvBan

A galaxy of Indian stars both present and former greats take a lap of the Eden Gardens on this historic moment of India’s first-ever #PinkBallTest #INDvBAN #TeamIndia

Kohli does his routine: setting records

Mohandas Menon @mohanstatsman

Nov 22

5000 Test runs as captain for Virat Kohli, the sixth captain to reach this landmark. Also becomes the quickest to reach the tally in 86 innings! 

#IndvBan #IndvsBan



Deepu Narayanan @deeputalks

Test 100s in all five major Test centres of India – Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru & Delhi

Gundappa Viswanath

Sunil Gavaskar

Sachin Tendulkar

Virat Kohli

#INDvBAN #PinkBallTest

Rajneesh Gupta @rgcricket

Most 100s in international cricket (Tests/ODIs/T20Is) as captain:

41  Virat Kohli (in 188 innings) 

41  Ricky Ponting (in 376 innings) 

33  Graeme Smith (in 368 innings) 




Fewest innings taken to 27 Test hundreds:

  70  Don Bradman

141  Sachin Tendulkar

141  Virat Kohli

154  Sunil Gavaskar

157  Matthew Hayden




Fans at Eden Gardens, courtesy @VVSLaxman281

Boria Majumdar @BoriaMajumdar

Just one simple fact: against this Bangladesh team had it been the conventional red ball test match there would not even be 5000 people watching it. Yest we had 70k. Sport without fans is just an incomplete exercise and for too long fans have been taken for granted.

Cricketwallah @cricketwallah

Never mind how the match has panned out (as yet), great show @SGanguly99

It all ends up to this

Bharath Seervi @SeerviBharath


India became the first side ever to win 4 consecutive Tests by margin of an innings. 

Not the West Indies of 1980s, not the Aussies of 2000s, but it is the Indian team of the current generation to have achieved it, under Virat Kohli. ??? Congrats.

Bharath Seervi @SeerviBharath

India’s last 4 Tests:

v SA, Pune – Inns & 137 runs

v SA, Ranchi – Inns & 202 runs

v Ban, Indore – Inns & 130 runs

v Ban, Kolkata – Inns & 46 runs


Ajinkya Rahane @ajinkyarahane88

Privileged to be a part of the #PinkBallTest, was a great experience to play the game in front of a packed Eden Gardens crowd.

Thank you @BCCI & CAB for promoting the D/N Test in India. And a big cheers to our pace bowling trio who took all the wickets in this game. #INDvBAN

Sanjay Manjrekar @sanjaymanjrekar

Winning by spin is fun but winning by pace is more fun!


Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha

Four years ago, against South Africa, India’s spinners took 61 wickets to 9 for the quicks. In this series, spin got but 5 (none in this test) vs 33 to pace. The times, they are a changin’!

And the deserved MOM trophy

Paytm @Paytm

9/78 from @ImIshant & it’s all over in India’s first-ever #PinkBallTest at Kolkata! ?Here’s Rudra Dalmia, Executive Director, @PaytmMall handing over a well-deserved Paytm Man of the Match to Ishant Sharma.#INDvBAN @BCCI

So, the history has been made. The first pink ball test in India saw everything, the crowd, the mood, the swag, the josh and the sheer dominance of team India. The Bangladesh team had done for what they were invited, be the guest, take part in a match and for the highest be part of a historic moment. But all of this wouldn’t have been possible without 1 person, Sourav ‘Dada’ Ganguly. Thank you.

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