AHMEDABAD, India, February 23 (Reuters) – Virat Kohli wants India to approach the pink ball test against England as a normal five-day game, but with the sessions reversed, the local captain said the day before of the third test in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
Kohli’s Century helped India crush Bangladesh by an inning and 46 points in their first pink ball test at the end of 2019.
The 32-year-old remembers his lessons from that day-night competition in Calcutta 15 months ago and wants his team to apply them in the third test against Joe Root’s men.
“Last time around we found that the first session was probably the nicest to hit, when the sun is out and the ball isn’t doing much,” Kohli said on a video conference Tuesday.
“But when it starts to get dark, especially during this twilight, it gets very tricky. The light changes and it’s hard to see the ball.
“And then under the lights, it’s like playing the first session in the morning in a normal test match. The ball tends to swing a lot.
“So I think it’s a role reversal and something that you have to adapt to pretty quickly as a drummer.”
Every batsman, determined as he is, has to “start from scratch” at night, he said.
The morning session of a normal practice match is often the best time for a fast bowler, but Kohli recalled the contest from Kolkata and said conditions would favor the rapids more in the evening.
“I think the same type of model will be useful in this game as well, and those are the few differences from a normal test match scenario,” he said.
India triumphed by 317 races on a corner track in Chennai to level the four-test series, but Kohli expects swing bowlers to have more of a say in Ahmedabad.
“The pink ball tends to sway a lot more than the normal red ball,” he said.
“Yes the spin will come into play for sure, but I don’t think the new ball and the fast bowlers can be ignored. The pink ball brings them into the game.”