Earlier, several high profile names including Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and former cricket legends such as Mohammed Azharuddin, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman and others joined the BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly to witness the first-ever pink-ball Test match. "In my opinion, this should not become the only way Test cricket is played because then you're losing that nervousness in the first session in the morning".
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had approved Day/Night Tests in 2012 and the first Day/Night Test was played in 2015 between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide. So far, Test cricket was being played with the Kookaburra and Dukes balls.
After BCCI's refusal a year ago, James Sutherland, then chief of Cricket Australia, had suggested that India's reluctance had been based around issues of competitive advantage - more precisely, India's own disadvantage at having no previous experience in the format, as opposed to Australia, who were early movers.
"We are just happy that we're the first team to start pink-ball cricket in India". Eventually, it had to happen.
India lead the two-match series 1-0 after thrashing Bangladesh at Indore inside three days - to largely empty stands. However, on Friday, after much heel-dragging, they will finally experience a day-night test when they face neighbours Bangladesh in Kolkata.
"You look at the record of Virat Kohli who has 26 hundreds, all our batters (combined) made total 16 to 17 hundreds".
India have been the only major full-member nation not to have played a day-night Test, a concept which pundits say will help address dwindling attendance in most test venues.
"The one thing that surprised me was the fielding sessions". How in the slips the ball hits your hand so hard, it nearly felt like a heavy hockey ball or those synthetic balls you used to play with as a kid. The pink ball has a fine layer of extra color and paint to improve visibility under floodlights. "It's definitely much harder, and it felt a little heavier".
Kohli also brought up his 5000th run as Test captain in his innings. It's something we'll have to speak about and discuss as we go along in the game.
To make it more special, Army paratroopers will fly into the Eden Gardens to hand over a pink ball each to the two captains just before the toss.
"The glaze of the ball under the light may make it tricky for the batsmen", Mominul told reporters. "Skill-wise, batsmen must be focused 100 percent each and every ball".