After the success in their first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match, Indian captain Virat Kohli is ready to take the next challenge with the pink-ball but only if they get a proper practice match ahead of this kind of special Test match.
It took just two full days and less than one hour of the third day for India to clinch a victory in their first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match. It was the second and final Test of the series against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) where India won by an innings and 46 runs and also clinched the series by 2-0.
As India have started their journey in pink-ball Test match, Cricket Australia (CA) is looking ahead to organise a pink-ball Test match against India in the next summer when India will tour in Australia. In the last summer, the visitors India declined CA’s approach to playing a pink-ball Test match.
Recently, Virat Kohli revealed that they had no proper preparation at that time to face this unfamiliar challenge. Kohli is ready to face this new challenge in future if they get proper planning, including a practice game with the pink-ball.
The Indian captain said after winning the day/night Kolkata Test, “There has to be planning for a pink-ball game. We played on home conditions. You ask Bangladesh and they’d have liked a practice game before this game.
“Just because we know these conditions and our bowlers are bowling so well, we don’t really feel the challenge…
“A good practice game before that and enough time to prepare, we’re open to anything. You can’t just play it on a short notice.”
You have to treat the second session of the day/night Test like the morning session of a normal Test – Sachin Tendulkar
On the day one of this historic Test match, Virat Kohli talked with the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar about this pink-ball game. Tendulkar had an interesting idea to play this kind of Test match, which was about the different adjustment from the traditional Test match.
Kohli claimed, “I spoke to him on the evening of the first day and he made a very interesting point — that with the pink ball, you have to treat the second session like the morning session of a normal Test when it’s getting darker and the ball starts to swing and seam.
“So your planning changes, your declaration strategy and timing, everything changes. As a batsman, your setup changes.
“Even if you are set and batting well, as soon as it gets dark and lights are on, you can be in trouble.”
It felt like an IPL game atmosphere – Virat Kohli about his experience in their first-ever day/night Test
According to Virat Kohli, the floodlights and the jam-packed cheerful crowd at Eden Gardens created the IPL-like atmosphere during this historic Test match.
He said, “Under lights, it was a different experience. The first time when I walked out, it felt like an IPL game atmosphere. So you feel like smashing the first ball but then you have to remind yourself that you have to play compact.”