As per Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) of India’s recent reports, the third Test of the four-match Test series between India and England became the most viewed Test match since 2018. The Average Minute Audience during the Pink-ball Test was 6.7, whereas 33 minutes was the Average Spent Time during the Day-Night affair. The series was poised 1-1 after first two Tests in Chennai, and a lot was expected of the Pink-ball Test. With India winning the first-ever Pink-ball Test at home (2019 – against Bangladesh), the hosts had all eyes on the second home Pink-ball Test against a strong England side.
The Indian audience celebrated the return of Cricket to their home soil after 330 days. The impressive numbers indicate that Test Cricket is still popular.#BARCIndia #WhatIndiaWatches #TestCricket #IndvsEng #Cricket #ViratKohli #JoeRoot #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/a4qr90X0jX
— BARCIndia (@BARCIndia) March 8, 2021
Notably, India wrapped up the Pink-ball Test inside two days, with Virat Kohli & Co. going up 2-1 in the series. Team India won the third Test by 10 wickets, chasing a 49-run target in just 7.4 overs in the final session of Day 2 at the newly built Narendra Modi Stadium. This became the second shortest completed Test in India, with only 140.2 overs being bowled in the entire Test.
Cricketers criticize turning pitch after England suffers defeat
Despite both teams bowling well on the turning pitch at Narendra Modi Stadium, England failed to post decent totals in both the innings of the Pink-ball Test. England were bowled out for 112 in the first innings and managed only 81 in the second innings.
Twitterati react on Ahmedabad pitch:
If we are going to see these pitches … I have an answer to how it could work … Give the Teams 3 innings !!! 😜😜 #INDvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 25, 2021
Just watched the 3rd test v India ! Great bowling by India but that pitch !! Test match needs to be a fair balance between Bat and ball for a even chance surely 😎
— Glenn Hoddle (@GlennHoddle) February 25, 2021