Tests should be played with red ball not pink: Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir feels that there are issues with pink ball under lights and it is difficult to pick spinners.

By: PTI | Greater Noida | Published:September 14, 2016 10:13 pm
gautam gambhir, gambhir, pink ball, pink ball cricket, duleep trophy, duleep trophy 2016, duleep trophy pink ball, cricket news, cricket Gautam Gambhir scored 356 runs from five innings at an average of 71.20 in Duleep Trophy. (Source: PTI)

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday called himself a “traditionalist” who loves the red ball and day game for longer format and said any experimentation should be carried out only in T20 cricket.

“I am a traditionalist who loves to play the game in the old way. It is my personal opinion but I think all these changes and experimentation should be carried out in T20 cricket only. The five-day matches and Tests should be played with the red ball. At least that’s the way I feel about it,” Gambhir told reporters after the Duleep Trophy final in Greater Noida on Wednesday.

Despite having a great tournament with 356 runs from five innings at an average of 71.20, Gambhir feels that there are issues with pink ball under lights.

“I completely agree with what (Cheteshwar) Pujara said during the presentation ceremony. Under lights it is a different game and it is always difficult to pick up the wrist spinners and googly bowlers.”