IND vs ENG, 3rd test: Joe Root, Virat Kohli wary of challenges of encountering pink ball in twilight phase


England’s captain Joe Root and Indian skipper Virat Kohli have both warned of the challenges of playing at dusk in day-night Tests – when batting collapses can happen – ahead of their third Test clash starting Wednesday. The match will be the first time that India and England – level 1-1 in the series of four matches – will face each other in a day-night encounter. “It’s a lot more challenging to play with the pink ball no matter what field you play on,” Kohli said on the eve of the game at the world‘s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.

“And especially in the evenings, when you as a batting team start your innings under lights, that’s an hour and a half challenging,” Kohli told reporters.

“When it starts to get dark, especially at dusk, it gets very tricky. Light changes, it’s hard to see the ball and under lights it’s like playing the first session in the morning in a normal test match. The ball. tends to sway a lot. “

Both teams have had painful experiences with pink ball cricket. India was thrown out by Australia in Adelaide in December and New Zealand in Auckland for 58 in 2018.

“Both are bizarre experiences for two quality sides,” said Kohli. Apart from those 45 minutes of bad cricket (in Adelaide) we dominated the Test match. We are very confident in how we play the pink ball.

Roll with it

Root agreed that batsmen should be careful – and not just at night when the lights come on can the ball start to swing.

“I think there has been a trend in all the pink-ball Test matches of collapses,” Root told a separate press conference.

“It seems to be a trend and as a battle group you have to make sure you stop,” he said.

“It has sometimes been right at the start of the game, you know the morning session, late on day four, that these strange kinds of passages of the game happened.”

He added, “When you get that chance and you’re on the right side, you’re in the field with a ball in your hand, you get and really roll with it. You take every chance and chance and you really make it. count in your favor.

“Likewise, with a bat in hand, you have to really make sure that those (first) 20 balls, you fight with whatever you have to get yourself in, get used to the wicket, the circumstances and you build that partnership. that is so essential. “


Ahmedabad Stadium has a capacity of 110,000 people and authorities have allowed 55,000 tickets to go on sale every day.

Each side has achieved a convincing victory in the first two tests. England won the first with 227 points, while India claimed the second with 317 points. Both need a win to keep their hopes of reaching the World Test Championship final alive.

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