Adelaide, Nov 27: It was a historic day today at the Adelaide Oval as the first-ever day-night Test began with Australia and New Zealand facing each other in front of over 47,000 people at the ground. And an Indian was also part of this landmark match.
Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi is one of the on-field umpires officiating the game. Ravi and Richard Illingworth of England are in-charge of the proceedings. (Masseur fields for hosts)
In June this year, Ravi was appointed to the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires. He is standing in his 10th Test. He made his Test umpiring debut in October 2013 in Chittagong in Bangladesh-New Zealand match. He has also stood in 25 ODIs and 12 T20Is. (Coincidence of first-ever ODI and Test)
"I feel honoured and privileged to be selected for the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and thank the BCCI for its support and the ICC for providing this opportunity," the 49-year-old Ravi had said after his appointment to the Elite Panel in June 2015.
"I have always enjoyed the company of those umpires already on the elite panel and now I have the chance to work with them all on a more regular basis. I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead and aim to maintain a high standard of umpiring."
Another Englishman Nigel Llong has been chosen for third umpire duties while Australian Simon Fry is the reserve umpire. Sri Lanka's Roshan Mahanama is the match referee.
After 138 years, Test cricket has gone in for a change to bring back crowds to the grounds. Pink ball is being used for day-night Test. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bat first.