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“More challenging to play with the new ball in day-night Test” – Virat Kohli

Indian captain Virat Kohli feels that taking part in with the pink ball in a Day-Night Test comes with its personal set of challenges regardless of the pitch.

There has been a concept floating round that the pink ball might not make a lot of a distinction since India might be making ready a turning observe for the third Test at Motera.

Speaking at a digital press convention forward of the third Test, Virat Kohli mentioned that it could be mistaken to assume the pink ball wouldn’t have a lot of an impression in the Ahmedabad Test. He countered:

“The pink ball tends to swing a lot more than the normal red ball that we play with. We have experienced that in the one match we played against Bangladesh in 2019. It’s much more challenging to play with the new ball in day-night Test regardless of what pitch you are playing on.”

Virat Kohli went on to explain that starting an innings in the evening time, with the lights taking effect, will be a tough time for batsmen. According to the Indian skipper:

“If you are starting your innings in the evening under lights then that one, one, and half-hour is very challenging. Yes, the spin will come into play for sure but I don’t think the new ball and fast bowlers can be ignored. The pink ball does bring them into the game till the ball is nice and shiny, something we are very well aware of and preparing accordingly.”

Playing under lights similar to first session of a normal Test: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli elaborated that playing under lights is similar to the first session of a normal Test match because the ball tends to swing. The 32-year-old stressed that it will be important for batsmen to make the desired adjustment during this period. He further explained:

“Well, final time we skilled that the first session might be the nicest to bat when the solar is out and the ball would not do as a lot however when it begins to get darkish particularly throughout that twilight interval it will get very difficult the lights adjustments and it turns into too tough to sight the ball after which underneath lights, it turns into like taking part in the first session in the morning in a traditional Test match as the ball does have a tendency to swing.

“I feel it is a reversal of roles and one thing you want to alter fairly rapidly as the batsmen. Even although you is likely to be set in the afternoon, you could have to take guard once more and begin from scratch in the night and possibly have to bit extra disciplined,” Virat Kohl concluded.

Virat Kohli scored 100 throughout India’s maiden Day-Night Test, towards Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in November 2019. He is but to cross three figures in worldwide cricket since.

Published 23 Feb 2021, 17:56 IST

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