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Day-Night Test: Playing pink ball will be challenging, says Virat Kohli

Team India captain Virat Kohli said that playing the pink ball will be challenging in Kolkata but Team India is ready for the Day-Night Test challenge.

India TV Sports Desk Edited by: India TV Sports Desk New Delhi Updated on: November 21, 2019 20:47 IST
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Day-Night Test: Playing pink ball will be challenging, says Virat Kohli

Team India captain Virat Kohli said that playing the pink ball will be challenging but he along with everyone in the team is excited for it. Kohli is the only Indian batter till now, who hasn't played any competitive game with the pink ball but he is confident that it can be taken care of in the Day-Night Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata, starting Friday.

The main challenge according to him will be the dew factor and the visibility during the twilight hours.

"One big factor is the dew in the late last session most probably. We will have to play as it comes and manage it in the best way possible. That is one difference with a D/N Test in India compared to any other country. Apart from that, I don't feel any major difference," Kohli said on the eve of the pink-ball Test.

"The decision making has to very precise. Even with catching gets very quickly. The extra edge it travels faster. It's going to be a challenge that should excite everyone. We are excited for the new challenge," he added.

A more compact technique would be necessary to negotiate the pink ball compared to facing the red ball. The Indian captain went on to explain what one needs to do differently in order to succeed while playing the pink ball as compared to the red.

"If you have not played with the pink ball it's going to be challenging throughout the game. Solid technique and more compact game required compared to the red ball. And it makes it even more difficult with not having a great visibility or able to pick that colour."

Kolkata has decked up fully in preparedness for the Test. From historical landmarks to skyscrapers, everything will turn pink on the day and the 31-year-old feels the hype surrounding the 'Pink Ball Test' in Kolkata is at par with the India-Pakistan World Twenty20 in 2016.

"The last time such an excitement was seen during the India-Pakistan T20. All the big stars had come and they were felicitated. It was packed stadium and the atmosphere is similar," Kohli said.

Till now, 11 Day-night Tests have been played so far and Australia are the most dominant team with five wins in five matches.

And, now that India will have a taste of the pink at home, they are ready to play a game Down Under as well but for Kohli, conditions apply.

Kohli said India will be open to the idea of Day/Night Test in Australia next year provided his team is allocated a practice match, something which wasn't on the table during the 2017-18 tour Down Under.

Asked if he would be ready to play a Day/Night Test in Australia during next year's big tour, Kohli gave a positive reply with a rider.

"Whenever it is held, there should be a practice game before," Kohli said in Kolkata.

Kohli then said that the Indian team refused to play Day/Night Test in Adelaide during the 2017-18 tour simply because it was slotted without keeping a tor-match so that the team can get acclimatised.

"Obviously, we wanted to get a feel of pink ball cricket. Eventually, it had to happen. But you can't just bring those things up before a big tour and suddenly in the schedule, there is a pink ball Test, when we have not even practised with pink ball. We have not played any first-class game with the pink ball," the skipper said.

"It can't be that sudden," Kohli said referring to that particular tour.

When asked about his change of mind, Kohli said that they agreed because discussions were happening for a while it wasn't as if they were told just days prior to a series.

"You can't just go in two days before and say you're playing a pink ball Test in a week's time. We didn't really think it was logical from that point of view. It needed a bit of preparation. Once you get used to playing it there's no problem playing at all. You can plan in advance. We just thought it was a spontaneous," he said about the last time.

Kohli also said that he is happy that India is first playing a Day/Night Test at home.

"This one we have been talking about for a while," he said.

"Look, the thing was to experience a 'Pink Ball Test' in our own conditions as to how the ball behaves. Will there be (more) sideways (lateral) movement? Then eventually going on and playing an important Test series anywhere in the world," the Indian captain said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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