It turned out to be a magnanimous affair with more than 50,000 fans turning upon each day of the marquee Test match.
But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to clear the air.
"It's great to see a player of that stature giving back to the game. we have an ODI match here (Mumbai), so it made ideal sense to come over and have a chat".
"I did not want to let go of the opportunity to deliver the Tiger Pataudi Memorial Lecture as I have a personal relation with him", Virender Sehwag said in his inimitable style while delivering the seventh Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Lecture at the BCCI awards here. "There should be more fan engagement", added Sehwag echoing Kohli and Ganguly who have both in the past spoken about better marketing of the five-day game in the country.
"It's become a very exciting feature of any series, so we are absolutely open to play a day-night Test. We are ready for the challenge", Kohli told in Mumbai as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Speaking about doping, Sehwag said: "I can understand a lot of cricketers are doing fitness, but I don't think that you can have anything and build your muscles, which can help you to perform in batting or bowling". The former opener admitted that the T-20 game appealed to him as he captained India in their first ever T-20I in 2006 in South Africa and was part of India's World T-20 winning team in 2007. The legendary batsman redefined Test cricket with his aggressive brand of cricket.
Yet, in his trademark witty style, the former Indian cricketer claimed that innovations like names on jerseys and pink ball Tests were fine but overall, five-day Tests were like a "diaper" which should only be changed when it's finished and can not be used anymore. But diaper and five-day Tests should only be changed when it's finished when it can't be used anymore. There is no need to tamper with five-day Tests. Test cricket is a 143-year old fit person. It has a soul. In Hindi, he went on say, 'Char din ki sirf chandni hi hoti hai.Test cricket nahin' which loosely translates to four days belongs to being on the moon, not Test cricket.
While the meeting of the Big Three is set to take place next week and will see discussions on the ICC's proposal of 4-day Tests, it looks unlikely that the BCCI will budge from the stance taken by skipper Kohli and coach Shastri.