Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has said that he is very excited to play the day-night test and feels that the latest innovation will make the game more interesting.
The Indian team is expected to play a day-night Test against New Zealand later this year during a long home season, which will feature 13 Test matches.
“We are excited for sure. I always believe change is always good. If things go well, it’s a new thing for batsmen, for the bowlers also. It’s going to be good to try our hands on the coming thing,” he said in a media interaction.
Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was accompanying the left-hander to the event,said that the T20 has brought in major changes in cricket as the players are expected to be more quick and agile in the shortest format.
“It’s always a challenge. Test cricket is also a challenge. Every format has its own challenges. In Test cricket, you have to bowl. In T20, you have to mix things. But T20 makes bowlers smarter. They know how to change the things very quickly and how to change according to the batsman,” Kumar said.
“If you look at the first year of IPL, there were only limited things, bouncers, Yorkers, slower. But now, in the last couple of years, if you see, many kind of slower balls, slower bouncers, these things make boys smart,” he said.
Dhawan also said that the batsmen are now implementing the innovative shots,which is generally played in T20 format, in test cricket too.
“Even for batsmen, because of T20, we are bringing the (IPL) shots into Test cricket. So, the revolution that has come in cricket, it has come after T20. Basically, we had to apply our minds,” he said.
When enquired about his bowling plans in the initial overs and death overs, Kumar said he has a separate approach for both the situations.
“Different way to approach first spell and death: There is a different way. ..I always try to swing the ball in the first six,” Kumar said.