Virat Kohli wary of the dew factor with pink ball ahead of day-night Test
Virat Kohli recognised the challenges of playing with a pink ball ahead of the day-night Test match against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday, claiming dew will be a defining factor in the second Test of the series.
Addressing a press conference in Kolkata, the Indian skipper talked about the logistical and playing challenges playing with a pink ball, and how different it is to playing in England and Australia.
“I think in India, we have one big factor which is dew, which is going to be discussed with match referee as we go along with playing the game. You can’t really predict these things… you never know at what stage the dew is going to arrive. We just have to play it as it comes,” said the 32-year-old.
“Apart from that… obviously, the pitches and how the kookaburra does is a different ball game together, and also [there is] the quality of the ball.”
Kohli, looking for his seventh consecutive Test win as captain, did concede that the introduction of pink ball will change India’s experience in the foreign tours.
“But invariably, I think the pink-ball, even more so, in foreign tours and foreign conditions will tend to do a lot more than it would in India in probably the second and third sessions,” added Kohli.
As per the record-breaking Indian captain, with the pink ball, fielding will also pose a challenge to the players as they will take time to adjust to the colour as well as the different characteristics of the ball.
“The fielding session with the pink ball was the biggest challenge. People will be surprised how difficult fielding can be with the pink ball. The ball definitely felt heavier. I’m sure there won’t be any difference in weight but somehow it felt heavier,” he said.
“While taking slip catches the ball really hit the hands hard. Even while throwing from the boundary, the fielders felt they needed to put extra effort.”
Talking about the buzz around the day/night match in Kolkata, Kohli equated the atmosphere to the World T20 clash between India and Bangladesh at the same venue back in 2016.
“It’s really exciting for all of us. The last time we experienced this kind of atmosphere was before in an India Pakistan T20 World Cup game. Then also a lot of formers cricketers came, they were felicitated. It will be same,” the skipper said.