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Kohli open to pink-ball Test in Australia but...

November 24, 2019 18:03 IST

With day-night matches seen as a possible solution to Test cricket's dwindling attendances, Australia are hopeful that India will agree to play one at the Gabba next year.

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli said playing a day-night Test with the pink ball cannot be done on short notice. Photograph: BCCI

India are open to playing a day-night Test in Australia next year but there has to be proper planning, skipper Virat Kohli said after his team won their maiden pink-ball Test against Bangladesh on Sunday.

 

India declined Australia's offer to play a day-night Test in Adelaide last year, citing lack of experience, but took a little over two days to clinch their first pink-ball Test, thrashing Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs in Kolkata.

With day-night matches seen as a possible solution to Test cricket's dwindling attendances, Australia are hopeful that India will agree to play one at the Gabba next year.

Kohli, however, said it cannot be done on short notice.

"There has to be planning for a pink-ball game," Kohli said, pointing to the struggle of a Bangladesh team whose pink-ball inexperience was laid bare in their comprehensive defeat in Kolkata.

"We played on home conditions. You ask Bangladesh and they would have liked a practice game before this game.

"Just because we know these conditions and our bowlers are bowling so well, we don't really feel the challenge..."

"A good practice game before that and enough time to prepare, we're open to anything. You can't just play it on a short notice."

Pink balls are used in all day-night Tests for visibility reasons, but behave differently to the red ones, with players having commented that they swing more and do not spin as much.

Earlier, Australia captain Tim Paine took a dig at Kohli, saying the mood of the Indian skipper will decide whether both teams play a pink-ball Test or not.

When a journalist asked Paine whether both the sides will play the day-night Test in Australia next year, he replied: "We will certainly try and we will have to run that by Virat. We will get an answer from him at some stage I am sure".

When asked whether Australia would like to play the first Test at Brisbane next year, Paine replied: "That's where we like to start our summer and it has been. As I said, we'll ask Virat and see if we can get his permission to play here and maybe even a pink-ball Test if he is in a good mood. So we'll wait and see".

Kohli smashed 136 before India declared their first innings on 347-9 and his quicks wreaked havoc with the heavily-lacquered ball to rout Bangladesh.

Kohli revealed how they tweaked their approach to the first two sessions after a suggestion from batting great Sachin Tendulkar to overcome the challenge of batting under lights.

"I spoke to him on the evening of the first day and he made a very interesting point -- that with the pink ball, you have to treat the second session like the morning session of a normal test when it's getting darker and the ball starts to swing and seam," he said.

"So your planning changes, your declaration strategy and timing, everything changes. As a batsman, your setup changes.

"Even if you are set and batting well, as soon as it gets dark and lights are on, you can be in trouble."

Players from both sides spoke about the challenge of batting under lights and Kohli felt at times, the atmosphere at the heaving Eden Gardens resembled that of a Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 match.

"Under lights, it was a different experience. The first time when I walked out, it felt like an IPL game atmosphere," he said.

"So you feel like smashing the first ball but then you have to remind yourself that you have to play compact."

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