India captain Virat Kohli joined team-mate Ravichandran Ashwin on Tuesday, expressing displeasure with the quality of the SG Test balls used in the first Test against England as they became completely soft on the 60th with sticking out their seam. It was clear that the Indian bowlers were not happy with the red cherry condition, but the two umpires on the field – Nitin Menon and Anil Chaudhary – did not pay much attention to their request for a substitution. “Quality of the ball (SG-Test) was also not what we were very happy to see as it has been in the past. any side can be prepared, ”Kohli said.
The skipper from India spoke out after his team’s 227-run defeat to England on the fifth and final day of the opening test in Chennai.
“That said, it’s no excuse and England played better cricket and they deserve to win,” Kohli added.
There were reports that the Meerut-based Sanspareils Greenlands (SG) had manufactured a new set of balls for the series with a pronounced and improved (raised) seam, darker color and harder cork, but it seems the players were having issues with the quality of the balls, remains.
On Monday, Ashwin, who took nine wickets into the match, also said they did not expect a torn seam to be peeled off with stitches.
“I’ve never seen an SG ball ripped through the seam like this (ripped). So it could be a combination of how hard the field was in the first two days, even in the second innings after the 35th-40th. over, the the seam got peeled off a little bit, ”he said.
Ashwin called it bizarre and like Kohli he had never experienced anything like it.
“It was bizarre, I mean, I haven’t seen an SG ball like this in the last few years, but yeah, maybe it could be due to the field and the hardness down the center chafing the ball,” said Ashwin.
Ashwin hoped to find out the reasons for this over the rest of the series. “We will have an answer during the series,” said Ashwin, who admitted in 2018 that he was more comfortable bowling with the Kookaburra.
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