R Ashwin on pink-ball Tests and quick finishes: ‘If you favour the bowlers a little bit, this is what might happen’

Sixteen pink-ball Test matches have been played so far, with only five of those stretching up to the fifth day. The most-recent pink-ball Test, between India and England in Ahmedabad, finished within two days, throwing up the shortest Test result since 1935 and the shortest in India. The day-night fixture against Bangladesh in Kolkata in 2019 had resulted in the second shortest Test in the country.

Two days after the Motera Test, R Ashwin conceded that the challenges posed by the pink ball to the batsmen could be responsible for such Tests ending quickly.

“It could be. Honestly, if you give a little bit of favour stacked towards the bowlers, this is what might happen,” Ashwin said during a virtual media interaction. “Because the ball…[there’s] a little bit of advantage towards the bowlers. It starts to swing more, it seams more, and the margin of error for the batter is so much more little. Instead of the ball beating the bat or probably getting a thick outside edge, it ends up getting a fine edge and goes behind to the keeper. These are things that we’ve noticed and it even happened at the Eden Gardens when we played Bangladesh.

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