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Pink Ball Test: First session would be best to bat in, the period in the evening is challenging- Virat Kohli

England tour of India 2021: Indian captain Virat Kohli has said that it would be best for a team to bat during the first session of a Pink Ball Test while the later sessions could get more challenging.

Indian vice captain Ajinkya Rahane and captain Virat Kohli. (Reuters Photo)

Indian vice captain Ajinkya Rahane and captain Virat Kohli. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India and England are all set to play the 3rd Test in Ahmedabad on Wednesday (February 24)
  • In a pink ball Test, the first session is the best to bat on: Virat Kohli
  • As many as 55,000 fans (fifty per cent capacity) are expected to be present at the stadium

With the four-match series currently level at 1-1, India and England are all set to play the 3rd Test in Ahmedabad on Wednesday (February 24). The match at the Motera Stadium will be played with the pink ball and under the lights. It will be India’s second Pink Ball Test at home after the BCCI had hosted Bangladesh for their maiden Day Night Test, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, in November 2019.

Ahead of the third Test in Ahmedabad, India captain Virat Kohli has said that it would be best for a team to bat during the first session of a Pink Ball Test while the later sessions could get more challenging especially during the evening.

“The pink ball does tend to swing a lot more than the red ball. It’s much more challenging to bat against a new pink ball. The period in the evening is very challenging. We are preparing accordingly,” Virat Kohli said at a press conference, ahead of the 3rd Test.

“In a pink ball Test, the first session is the best to bat on. You have to take guard again and start from scratch in the evening.”

The 3rd Test between India and England will also mark the inauguration of the newly revamped Motera Stadium, which is the largest cricket ground in the world with a capacity of 1,10,000. As many as 55,000 fans (fifty per cent capacity) are expected to be present at the stadium for the Day-Night Test match starting in Motera on February 24.

“Crowd presence does make a big difference. We feel the pressure too when we play abroad. Hoping for good support in the coming Tests. We’re proud to have the biggest cricket stadium in the world. The infrastructure is very good and we’re all really excited to play here. Don’t think the orange seats will make catching harder,” he added.

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