Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has praised Australia and New Zealand as the two Trans-Tasman rivals agreed to play the first ever day-night Test starting on November 27, at the Adelaide Oval.
The longest and classical format of the game has seen dwindling fan following at the stadium. So, the International Cricket Council planned day-night Tests to revive the popularity of the among the fans.
“It is a landmark Test,” Virat Kohli said on the eve of the third Test of the four-match “Gandhi-Mandela” “Freedom series” at Nagpur.
“It is a big experiment. It is a big step towards changing something in Test cricket. I hope it works. I hope it can be another option as well.
“I’m glad two teams have actually agreed to play an official Test like that as an experiment. Credit to Australia and New Zealand, both, that they have decided to do this.
“Hopefully, it will be better for the game. It will be a step which we all might remember a few years down the line. Let’s hope so.”
The 50 over format and the shortest format of the game Twenty 20 are popular as they are the day-night affairs. But, some of the Australian players are dubious about the visibility and durability of the pink ball which has been especially made for the first day-night Test match.
Kohli, who is one of the best young batsmen of temporary cricket, said the idea of day-night Test will pave the way to save the Test matches from going to be abolished.
“If it is officially put into place it will be something different, it will be something exciting,” he said.
“As cricketers we all should be willing and accepting of the fact that we need to step forward and contribute to the game, however, possible.
“If this is a step towards improving the excitement and the popularity of Test cricket, then I think every team should be in for it.”
Meanwhile, former Indian Test crickter MS Dhoni once showed his interest in a pink ball as he played one short match in Australia during the Tri-nation series involving Australia, India and England in last January this year. The match played before and after the India versus Australia ODI at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The Indian ODI captain bowled a few overs and enjoyed the game with locals boys. The match was the first unofficial trial of the pink ball conducted by Channel9, the official broadcaster of the match.
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— Clive (@vanillawallah) July 2, 2015